U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is traveling to the California desert to dedicate one of the nation’s largest solar energy plants.
Jewell will be joined Monday by federal and local officials to formally open the Desert Sunlight Solar Farm, which is expected to produce enough power for about 160,000 homes.
California has been steadily expanding its use of solar power to meet the state’s renewable energy standards.
The plant uses photovoltaic panels and will be built on 3,800 acres of federal land owned by NextEra Energy Resources, GE Energy Financial Services and Sumitomo Corporation of Americas.
The California Energy Commission says First Solar is building and operating the plant.