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Greenleaf Power Announces Idling of Desert View Power Plant

April 30th, 2024 – Greenleaf Power has announced the immediate idling of Desert View Power (DVP), a 45-megawatt renewable energy power plant located on the Cabazon Band of Cahuilla Indians Reservation roughly 40 miles east of Palm Springs in Riverside County, California.

Greenleaf President & CEO Greg Cook announced the idling of the biomass energy facility, which has been serving southern California since 1992 and which Greenleaf acquired in 2011.

“We are deeply disappointed that a variety of issues, including California’s evolving energy market, have necessitated the difficult business decision to idle Desert View Power while we pursue a long-term solution,” Cook said. “On behalf of our 30 full-time DVP employees and the 100-plus seasonal workers who have contributed to the successful delivery of renewable energy to the eastern Coachella Valley for more than 30 years, we want to express our sincere appreciation to the community for its support.”

DVP is a net 45-megawatt woody biomass electrical generation facility that has consistently provided renewable energy to Southern California, annually consuming between 360,000 and 390,000 tons of woody biomass diverted from regional landfills or open burning. DVP has converted that material into a renewable source of electricity, providing more than 325,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) per year, enough to power more than 49,000 homes for a year. Six different local counties have currently been sending municipal tree-trimmings and other woody waste to DVP for processing. Since acquiring the facility, Desert View Power has paid millions of dollars annually to local, state, and federal governments and organizations, including the Cabazon Band of Cahuilla Indians, creating a significant local economic impact.

About Greenleaf Power

Greenleaf Power LLC, headquartered in Sacramento, California, is a leading provider of renewable energy in North America that owns and operates 135 MW of dependable generation, fueled by sustainable biomass material.  Greenleaf was formed as a portfolio company in October 2010 to acquire and operate baseload biomass power plants and improve those plants’ performance through implementation of fuel-supply risk mitigation, contract management, cost discipline, leveraging operating synergies, and applying best-in-class management and operations practices to extend the economic lives of the plants.  Greenleaf is also developing battery energy storage systems (BESS) and is exploring sites throughout the United States to implement this technology. Greenleaf directly employs more than 120 people and creates nearly 500 dedicated local jobs collecting, processing, and delivering fuel and consumables to its generating plants.

 

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Desert View Power helps the local region meet biomass diversion requirements.

 

What is Desert View Power?

Desert View Power (DVP) is a 45-megawatt renewable energy power plant located approximately 40 miles east of Palm Springs in Riverside County, California, and is located on the Cabazon Band of Cahuilla Indians Reservation.

The largest of its kind in California, DVP has been consistently providing renewable energy to Southern California since 1992. Each year DVP repurposes between 360,000 and 390,000 tons of woody byproducts diverted from regional landfills or open burning. DVP converts that material into renewable electricity, providing more than 325,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) annually, or enough to power more than 49,000 homes for a year. Plants like DVP are one of the cleanest and most reliable ways to convert this excess material into energy. It is also one of the most environmentally beneficial – biomass energy plants have a net negative emission of greenhouse gases. DVP’s diversion and disposal of woody organic biomass is in alignment with the goals and objectives set forth in California’s SB1383 to drastically reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants.

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Greenleaf Power acquired DVP in 2011 and has more than 30 full-time employees plus more than 100 contractors during the spring and fall outage seasons. DVP creates other jobs in the community, including full-time jobs related to the recovery and delivery of biomass. Estimates indicate that biomass power plants generate 10 times as many jobs as a comparably sized conventional natural gas power plant.

Six different local counties are currently sending their municipal tree-trimmings and other woody waste to DVP for processing. In addition, DVP pays local, state and federal governments totaling more than $17 million annually in local economic impact.

Technical Details

DVP utilizes two combustion engineering circulating fluidized bed boilers and one steam turbine generator set to generate between 350,000 and 375,000 MWh annually, which is used to power the local area. The plant boilers are equipped with cyclones and two baghouses for particulate control, ammonia injection for NOx control, limestone injection for sulfur dioxide control and hydrated lime for HCl and sulfur dioxide control. DVP operates under a Title V Permit and is compliant with all Federal, State, and Regional regulations. The plant is also a qualified in-state base load renewable resource (CEC# 60692A) that has been consistently providing renewable energy since the early 1990s.

This facility is also a “base load resource” which means that can create full energy at any time of day, in any weather. DVP provides stability to the electrical grid in Southern California and is able to assist in meeting high demand periods, like hot summers and high air conditioning use.

Questions?

If you have biomass to sell, please contact our team at (760) 272-4959 for specifications and pricing.

 

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