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Procedures for Issuing Solar Energy ROW Grants Applicant-initiated action BLM-initiated action Major milestone BLM Issues ROW Grant BLM Evaluates Application Terms and Conditions for Grants Developer Submits Application Due diligence Assignments Issue notice to proceed Rent and applicable fees Performance and reclamation bond Finalize cost recovery Finalize plan of development Conduct NEPA evaluation Reject or prioritize application Variance concurrence (if applicable) Competitive bidding (if applicable) Initiate early tribal and interagency outreach Determine applicant technical/financial capabilities Preliminary meetings Initiate cost recovery Plan of development Application filing fee
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Applications for lands outside of designated leasing areas (DLAs) must be filed in the BLM field office having jurisdiction over the lands affected using Standard Form 299 (SF-299).

The completed application must include the following:

  1. A description of the project and the scope of the facilities.
  2. The estimated schedule for constructing, operating, maintaining, and terminating the project;
  3. The estimated life of the project and the proposed construction and reclamation techniques;
  4. A map of the project, showing its proposed location and existing adjacent facilities;
  5. A statement of financial and technical capability to construct, operate, maintain, and terminate the project (43 CFR 2803.10).
  6. Any plans, contracts, agreements, or other information concerning use of the right-of-way (ROW) and its effect on competition.
  7. A statement certifying that applicant is of legal age and authorized to do business in the State(s) where the ROW would be located, and has submitted correct information (43 CFR 2803.10); and
  8. A schedule for the submission of a plan of development (POD).