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Variance Concurrence (if applicable)

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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On the basis of a thorough evaluation of the information provided by an applicant and the input of Federal, State, and local government agencies, tribes, and the public, the BLM will determine whether it is appropriate to continue to process, or to deny, a right-of-way (ROW) application submitted through the variance process.

  • Variance evaluations will be conducted and documented at the BLM State and field office levels.
  • To ensure a consistent application of the variance process, all ROW applications in variance areas that are determined to be appropriate for continued processing will be submitted by the BLM State Director to the BLM Washington Office for the Director's concurrence (as stated in the 2012 Western Solar Plan, Section B.5.6).

Additional procedures for issuing solar energy ROW grants in variance areas were identified in the 2012 Western Solar Plan.