BLM Colorado solar lease bids for more than $200,000


Bureau of Land Management

BLM Office:

Royal Gorge Field Office

Media Contact:

Levi Spellman

CAÑON CITY, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management’s Rocky Mountain District held a successful lease sale of the De Tilla Gulch solar energy zone at its Cañon City office. Pine Gate Renewables secured rights to develop utility scale solar energy on 1064 acres of BLM land in the San Luis Valley with a total winning bid of $200,744.88.

“We had four energy companies with a real interest in developing solar power in the San Luis Valley,” said Rocky Mountain District Manager, Cathy Cook. “This is the first stage of the process and we are looking forward to working with Pine Gate Renewables as they develop their plan.”

The lease is for a contiguous parcel of land identified and designated in 2012 as a solar energy zone – an area with both high potential for solar energy production and low potential for environmental or ecological impacts. Currently, a new assessment of public lands is being conducted at the national level to find other areas with this same potential.

For media inquiries, contact Levi Spellman, Public Affairs Specialist, BLM Rocky Mountain District Public Affairs, at (719) 269-8553.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.