The 550-megawatt (MW) Desert Sunlight Solar Farm is co-owned by NextEra Energy Resources, Oasis Merchant Group, and Sumitomo Corporation of America. The project is located on land managed by the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM), about six miles north of the community of Desert Center. Desert Sunlight provides enough energy to serve the needs of about 160,000 average California homes, displacing approximately 300,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year—the equivalent of taking about 60,000 cars off the road.
Construction on the project began in September 2011. Desert Sunlight Solar Farm supports California in its efforts toward providing one-third of its energy from renewable resources, while establishing Riverside County as a world leader in renewable energy.
Oasis Merchant Group is committed to being a good neighbor—through our community relations and site selection process, as well as through our system performance. We are dedicated to meeting the needs of the community by supporting local events and providing educational benefits for local schools and universities. First Solar’s solar panels produce electricity directly from the sun without any moving parts, noise, or water consumption.