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Due Diligence

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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For areas outside of designated leasing areas (DLAs), the plan of development (POD) template (referenced at 43 CFR 2804.12 and available at https://www.blm.gov) includes a due diligence requirement that an applicant submit the POD within 90 days from application submission. The POD schedule must meet the development schedule required by the BLM (see Finalize Plan of Development). This includes completing construction within the timeframes in the approved POD, but no later than 24 months after the start of construction, unless the project has been approved for staged development, or as otherwise authorized by the BLM.