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BLM plans auction of Colo. solar energy zone land

DENVER (AP) -- The Bureau of Land Management is hosting its first competitive auction for public land in designated solar energy zones in Colorado.

The agency said Thursday that the auction Oct. 24 will be for three parcels totaling 3,705 acres in the De Tilla Gulch solar energy zone in Saguache County and Los Mogotes East zone in Conejos County.

The zones are among 19 solar energy zones identified by federal officials as best suited for utility-scale solar energy development on public land.

The BLM says the minimum bid will be $3,352 for the 1,064-acre parcel in Saguache County; $4,035 for a 1,281-acre parcel west of Romeo in Conejos County; and $4,284 for a 1,360-acre parcel, also near Romeo.