29 Oct '13, 2pm

BLM Reloading After Colorado Solar Land Auction No-Shows

BLM Reloading After Colorado Solar Land Auction No-Shows

Back in 2010 the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) had identified "solar energy zones" (SEZ) in six western states , and last fall the Western Solar Plan was finalized into 17 zones spanning nearly 300,000 acres of public land, with combined resources approaching 32 gigawatts (GW). Additional SEZs have since been added in California and Arizona. After receiving some initial interest specifically in portions of those lands in Colorado, the BLM issued a RFP this spring for three parcels spanning two SEZs in the San Luis Valley across roughly 3,700 acres, with projected solar energy potential of 400 MW. (Colorado has four SEZs in total.) That RFP generated nine applications from five companies, and more than two dozen "expressions of interest." Minimum bonus bids were set at $63/acre based on rent values and value of interests of applicants — $3,352 for the De Teilla Gulch zone...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2013...

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