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Solar & Alternative Energy

Uncle Sam, solar landlord, is under fire

New York Times Green blog 
17 June 2010

The nation's biggest landlord, the United States government, has set the rent it will charge developers who build solar power plants on federal land, and some prospective tenants are not happy.

Solar developers will actually pay two fees -- the lease for the land along with what the Bureau of Land Management calls a "megawatt capacity fee" based on how much electricity a project generates.

That methodology is a work in progress as the agency tries to adapt decades-old formulas designed for oil and gas leasing and mineral extraction to renewable energy production.

Full story from New York Times Green blog