Determine Applicant Technical/Financial Capabilities
The BLM will determine the technical and financial capabilities of the applicant upon receipt of a completed right-of-way (ROW) application. Evidence of financial and technical capability can include:
- Any previous successful experience in construction, operation, and maintenance of similar facilities on either public or non-public lands.
- Availability of sufficient capitalization to carry out development, including the preliminary study stage of the project and the environmental review and clearance process.
- Conditional or confirmed loan guarantees or power purchase agreements; interconnect agreements; engineering, procurement, and construction contracts; and supply contracts with credible third-party vendors for the manufacture and/or supply of key components for the solar energy project facilities.
IM 2017-099 provides guidance on the implementation of requirements to evaluate the technical and financial capabilities of an applicant or holder of a solar energy ROW grant.