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Application Filing Fee

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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The Application Filing Fee is a filing fee specific to solar and wind energy development right-of-way (ROW) and project area testing ROW applications. The fee is an initial payment for the reasonable costs for processing, inspecting and monitoring a ROW. Application filing fees only apply to areas outside of Designated Leasing Areas (DLAs) and are intended to put cost recovery money in BLM hands immediately to use in processing an application instead of waiting for a cost recovery agreement to be established. The application filing fee is not applicable for Site Specific Testing applications or for applications for solar and wind energy development or project area testing within a DLA.

  • Application filing fee of $15 per acre
  • $2 per acre energy project-area testing application fee
  • Fees due with the application
  • Application Filing fee is refundable, except for reasonable costs incurred