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Call for Nominations (if applicable)

Major milestone BLM-initiated action Bidder/leasee-initiated action Due diligence Assignments Bonding Applicable fees Finalize plan of development Conduct NEPA evaluation (if not conducted prior to leasing) Cost recovery Rental payment Issue ROW lease Reject bids (if applicable) Bidding Variable offsets Notice of competitive offer Call for nominations(if applicable) Select and prepare parcels Initiate Competitive Process BLM ConductsCompetitive Offer BLM Selects Successful Bidder Terms and Conditions for Leases BLM Issues Notice to Proceed Procedures for Issuing Solar Energy ROW Leases Competitively
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If BLM decides to solicit nominations, the BLM will publish a notice in the Federal Register and may use other notification methods to solicit nominations and expressions of interest for parcels of land inside designated leasing areas for solar or wind energy development.

A nomination must be in writing and must include the following:

  1. Nomination fee of $5 per acre.
  2. Nominator's name and personal or business address.
  3. The legal land description and a map of the nominated lands.

The BLM may consider informal expressions of interest suggesting lands to be included in a competitive offer. An informal expression of interest must include a description of the suggested lands and rationale for their inclusion.

Applicant Qualifications

In order to submit a nomination, under 43 CFR 2803.10, the applicant must be:

  • an individual, association, corporation, partnership, a Federal agency, or state, tribal, or local government;
  • technically and financially able to construct, operate, maintain, and terminate the use of the public lands applied for; and
  • of legal age and authorized to do business in the state where the applied-for right-of-way (ROW) is located.

Nomination Withdrawals

A nomination cannot be withdrawn, except by the BLM for cause, in which case all nomination monies will be refunded to the nominator.