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Pending Solar Applications

Pending solar applications are not subject to the decisions made through the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Solar PEIS.

The BLM defines “pending” applications as any applications (regardless of place in line) filed within proposed variance and/or exclusion areas before the publication of the Supplement to the Draft Solar PEIS (October 28, 2011), and any applications filed within proposed solar energy zones (SEZs) before June 30, 2009.

Pending applications will not be subject to any decisions adopted by the Solar PEIS ROD. The BLM will process pending solar applications consistent with land use plan decisions in place prior to amendment by the Solar PEIS ROD and other current or future policies and procedures (e.g., Instruction Memoranda (IM) 2011-060 and 2011-061).

Amendments to pending applications would also not be subject to the decisions adopted by the Solar PEIS ROD provided such amendments either:

  1. Do not change the boundaries of the pending right-of-way (ROW) applications; or
  2. Are related to avoiding resource or land use conflicts, adapting the project to third-party-owned infrastructure constraints, or using or designating translocation or mitigation lands (see Appendix B, Section B.1.2 of the ROD).

The list and a map of locations of first-in-line pending applications as of April 1, 2015, are provided below. Applications authorized since the beginning of calendar year 2009 are also indicated. The list of pending applications will continue to be reduced in number as projects are closed/withdrawn by applicants, rejected/denied by the BLM due to factors such as lack of due diligence, or approved by the BLM. The locations of authorized and first-in-line pending applications can also be viewed through Solar Mapper.

Updated: 7/14/2015