Blue Mountain Power secures Utah land for wind farm

The Utah School and Trust Lands Administration on Dec. 3 approved a 30-year lease on state land for Blue Mountain Power Partners LLC of Santa Barbara, Calif., to build a wind farm in San Juan County.

“The applicant proposes to construct, operate, repair, and maintain a commercial wind power generating facility, including, but not limited to, the construction, development, operation, and decommissioning of wind turbine generators (WTGs) and all necessary and proper anchors, support structures, foundations, and concrete pads for such WTGs, electric transformers and substations, above ground energy storage facilities, telecommunications equipment, roads, meteorological towers and wind measuring equipment, control buildings, maintenance yards and related facilities and equipment that are useful for converting, maintaining, and capturing wind energy or wind energy development uses,” said a SITLA summary of Dec. 3 decisions by the agency. No power generation rating for the facility is given in the SITLA notice.

The lease term is 30 years. The applicant has requested the option to extend the lease for three additional terms of ten 10 years each by delivering to SITLA written notice at least 90 days prior to the expiration of the immediately preceding lease term, subject to SITLA’s right to fully reevaluate lease compensation at the beginning of each option term.

On March 12, the agency received the application for Special Use Lease No. 1736 from Blue Mountain Power Partners. This was a competing application to SULA No. 1735, which has since been withdrawn.

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