Zero Attendees for Auction to Produce Solar Power on Federal Land


No one showed up to the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) first auction for permits to produce solar power on federal land, the Denver Business Journal reported on Thursday.

"We did not have any bidders come to the sale and we did not receive any sealed bids on the sale," BLM spokesman Vanessa Lacayo said of the auction.

"The BLM had received interest in developing the sites, that’s why we moved forward," she said. "It’s hard to say why we didn’t have any bidders."

In a statement, the BLM said it held the auction because the agency received nine applications and 27 inquiries and expressions of interest after it sought to gauge interest levels from the private sector in March 2013.

"We will evaluate today's auction as we look at future opportunities to offer lands in Solar Energy Zones for development, both in Colorado and other Western states," the statement said.

The auction offered permits for solar production on three parcels of federal land in Colorado.