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BLM Seeks Solar Energy Proposals for Colorado Lands

April 3, 2013

The U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking proposed solar energy development projects on 3,714 acres of BLM-managed land in Conejos and Saguache counties in southwestern Colorado. The BLM’s current actions come after two years of planning to pave the way for utility-scale solar development on public lands that will be capable of producing 20 megawatts or more of energy. The 60-day public notice appeared in the Federal Register on March 22, 2013. See the Federal Register notice.

This public notification is the first step to possible competitive solar energy development on public lands in the San Luis Valley. Last year, EPG Solar 1, LLC filed applications to develop solar energy on public lands within the De Tilla Gulch and Los Mogotes East Solar Energy Zones. Once the 60-day notice period closes, the BLM will review all submissions to see if other companies are interested in developing solar energy in these areas. See the BLM press release.