BLM takes bids on three Colorado solar development tracts

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Colorado State Office will accept competitive bids to select a preferred applicant to submit a right-of-way (ROW) application and a plan of development for solar energy projects on about 3,705 acres of public land in Saguache and Conejos counties, Colo.

BLM said in a notice to be published in the Aug. 16 Federal Register that it will hold an oral auction at its Colorado State Office on Oct. 24. Prior to the oral auction, sealed bids will be accepted and will be carried to the oral auction.

BLM has received several solicitations of interest and ROW applications within two designated Solar Energy Zones (SEZ): Los Mogotes East SEZ and De Tilla Gulch SEZ.

Existing regulations authorize the BLM to determine whether competition exists among ROW applications filed for the same facility or system. The regulations also allow the BLM to resolve any such competition by using competitive bidding.

The BLM will use a competitive sealed and oral bid process to select a preferred applicant to submit a ROW application and plan of development for solar energy development in the Los Mogotes East SEZ and the De Tilla Gulch SEZ. The successful high bidder(s) for any of the parcels of public land offered must be prepared to submit a ROW application and a plan of development. Bidders may submit bid packages for one or all three parcels of public land.

The public lands made available by this notice include:

  • One parcel called the De Tilla Gulch SEZ, consisting of about 1,064 acres in Saguache County. This parcel lies approximately 7 miles east of the town of Saguache, Colo.
  • The second parcel called Los Mogotes East SEZ (north parcel), consists of around 1,281 acres in Conejos County. This parcel lies three miles west of the town of Romeo, Colo.
  • The third parcel called Los Mogotes East SEZ (south parcel), consists of approximately 1,360 acres in Conejos County. This parcel lies 3 miles west of the town of Romeo, Colo.
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