Solar Fail — No Bidders On First Auction Of Solar Rights

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1st auction of solar rights on public lands in Colorado draws no bids

The plan to auction rights to federal land across the West for solar-power plants got off to a rocky start Thursday when no bidders showed up for the first auction in Colorado.

Uncertainties about the solar market and federal rules probably were major factors in the auction’s failure, industry officials said.

Five companies had filed preliminary applications for the three San Luis Valley parcels, and there were another 27 inquires about the sites, according to Bureau of Land Management officials.

Based on that interest, officials scheduled an auction at the BLM Colorado office in Lakewood for the 3,700 acres of valley land.

“We are going to have to regroup and figure out what didn’t work,” said Maryanne Kurtinaitis, renewable-energy program manager for the BLM in Colorado.

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Weird, no one wanted to build a solar farm in the middle of nowhere, to produce next to nothing. 

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10 Responses to Solar Fail — No Bidders On First Auction Of Solar Rights

  1. Me says:

    😆 maybe they can put a solar powered oil drill and pump there, drill for oil, and call it green oil!

  2. kim2ooo says:

    I wanted to bid on it… I just bought an aircraft carrier that needs to be docked.

  3. Jim Masterson says:

    >>
    Uncertainties about the solar market and federal rules probably were major factors in the auction’s failure, industry officials said.
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    In other words, the federal subsidies weren’t high enough to make solar profitable.

    Jim

  4. play nice says:

    and uncertainty about whether or not the sun will come up tomorrow
    we do live in uncertain times

  5. philjourdan says:

    Reminds me of Frank Burns and his garbage auction.

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