The Secretary of the Department of Interior, Ken Salazar, confirmed the development of a solar power project on August 10, which will produce 550 megawatts and will be located on public land adjacent to the Joshua Tree National Park in California. The solar developer will be Desert Sunlight Holdings LLC, a subsidiary of First Solar Inc., and will be in charge of constructing and operating the facility for a period of 30 years. The Interior Department has approved 12 large scale solar projects in the last year and a half. The solar installation will be in full operation by 2014 and is expected to create over 600 jobs, pump $336 million into the local economy, and generate enough electricity to power 165,000 homes.