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WIND ENERGY LEASE EW-0071 - CATRON COUNTY

BID INFORMATION SHEET
Long-Term Business Lease Number EW-0071
Catron County, New Mexico

I. GENERAL INFORMATION.
The New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands (the “Commissioner”) will accept sealed bids
seeking the highest and best bid for a long term commercial business lease, EW-0071 (the
“Lease”), for a renewable energy (wind power) facility, which must conform to any and all
restrictions and reservations in the Lease, and all laws including but not limited to 19.2.9.1-
19.2.9.21 NMAC. EW-0071 is for 642.16 ± acres of state trust lands located in Catron County,
New Mexico. The Lease will permit a renewable energy (wind power) facility, subject to all
environmental requirements and restrictions and all other restrictions and reservations of record.
This bid information sheet is part of a bid packet, and describes the state trust lands offered for
lease under EW-0071 and some of the principal terms of this proposed Lease. It also describes
the qualifications required and the process by which qualified persons or entities may bid on the
Lease. The entire bid packet should be reviewed before submitting a bid.

II. DESCRIPTION OF THE LAND OFFERED FOR LEASE. The land is offered as a single parcel
only, and is described as follows (the “Land”):
A. Location and Access: The property is located in the vicinity of Quemado in Catron
County, New Mexico.
Township 02 South, Range 20 West, Section 02: All – 642.16 acres ±;
B. Zoning: None.
C. Utilities: None.
D. Known Encumbrances: See Bid Packet Exhibit 6: List of Encumbrances on the State
Trust Lands.
E. Inspection of the Land: Permission from the Commissioner is required to access and
inspect the Land. Please contact the New Mexico State Land Office (“NMSLO”), Office
of Renewable Energy for information on obtaining a permit at (505) 827-5724 or visit the
public website www.nmstatelands.org.
F. Bidders Responsible for Due Diligence: The Land is offered “AS IS” and will be leased
as a single tract only. Bids to lease less than the entire Land will not be considered.
Prospective bidders are encouraged to inspect the records for the Land at the NMSLO
and the Lincoln County Clerk’s Office, and to apply to the Commissioner for a permit to
physically inspect the Land. The Commissioner makes no representation or warranty,
express or implied, written or oral, with respect to the condition of the Land, or its fitness,
suitability, or availability for any particular use.
G. Surrounding Area: Rangeland.
III. GENERAL LEASE TERMS.
This section provides an outline of rent requirements and certain other terms in the Lease; it is
not a comprehensive description of the terms of the Lease. Interested parties should review the
entire bid packet, including the draft Lease itself (attached as Exhibit 3).
A. The Land will be leased, if at all, pursuant to the terms of the Long-Term Business Lease
EW-0071, and applicable laws and regulations. The Lease will permit a renewable energy
(wind power) facility, which must conform to any and all restrictions and reservations in
the Lease. The term of the Lease is for thirty- five (35) years with an option to renew for
five (5) additional years.
B. Lessee [the person or entity to whom the Lease is issued, if at all] shall pay to
Commissioner as rent for the Land and for the rights and privileges granted hereunder
according to the following schedule (per Section 4.1 of the Lease).
Initial Phase Rent of two dollars ($2.00) per acre for the first (1) year. Lessee shall pay
Lessor rent during the initial phase according to the schedule, on a per-acre per-lease year
basis. Refer to Section 4.1.1 of the Lease.
YEAR PER ACRE PAYMENT
1 $2.00
2 $2.00
3 $3.00
4 $4.00
5 $5.00
Operations Phase Base Rent begins when the Wind Power Facility starts generating
energy. The rent for operations phase base year one (1) will be five dollars ($5.00) per
acre per year or four thousand dollars ($4,000.00) per megawatt (MW) of installed
capacity, whichever is greater. Additional Operation Base Rent adjustments are
referenced in Section 4.1.2.1 of the Lease.

Operation
Phase Years:
Minimum Operations Phase Rent:
Year 1 The greater of $4,000/MW Installed Capacity, or
$5.00 /acre of Leased Premises / Year
Years 2-10 The greater of $4,000/MW Installed Capacity, or
$6.25 /acre of Leased Premises / Year
Years 11-20 The greater of $4,000/MW Installed Capacity, or
$7.50 /acre of Leased Premises / Year
Years 21-35 The greater of $4,000/MW Installed Capacity, or
$9.00 /acre of Leased Premises / Year
Renewal
Term (if any)
The greater of $4,000/MW Installed Capacity, or
$10.00 /acre of Leased Premises / Year
Percent Rent. From the Operations Date up to and including the Lease Year preceding
the Decommissioning Phase, Lessee shall pay Percent Rent of Gross Revenues for each
Lease Year period to the extent such Percent Rent exceeds the Operations Phase Rent
Payment paid for such Lease Year. Percent Rent shall be paid annually within forty-five
(45) days after the end of each Lease Year during the Operations Phase, showing how the
Percent Rate payment was calculated, or why no Percent Rent is due. Percent Rent shall
be due as detailed in Section 4.1.2.2 of Exhibit 3 EW-0071 Wind Farm Lease.

Decommissioning Phase Rent. Lessee shall pay Lessor one-time Decommissioning
Phase Rent of three dollars ($3.00) per acre, payable upon commencement of
decommissioning activities on the land as described in Section 5.5 of this Lease.
Ground Disturbance Fee. Lessee shall pay a one-time ground disturbance fee of one
dollar ($1.00) per acre. The Ground Disturbance Fee must be paid to Lessor prior to the
commencement of construction. See Section 4.2.1 of the Lease.
Wind Turbine Generator (WTG) Installation Fees. Lessee shall pay a one-time
installation fee of five thousand dollars ($5,000) per WTG constructed on the Leased
Premises in any lease phase, including upon Repowering of any existing WTG. Lessee
shall pay each WTG installation fee prior to the Commencement of Construction on that
WTG.

Rental Interest and Late Fee. Interest on delinquent base rent or percent rent payments
shall accrue from the date the payment becomes due at the rate of one percent (1.0%) a
month or any fraction of a month. Lessee shall also pay a late processing fee of five
hundred dollars ($500.00) for any delinquent payment of rent, in accordance with the
Lessor’s schedule of fees, as provided in Section 4.1.4 of the Lease.
C. Decommissioning Surety. Lessee shall establish and shall keep in full force and effect
during the Lease Term an irrevocable letter of credit, parental guarantee, bond, or other
form of Surety acceptable to Lessor as specified in Section 5.6 of the Lease. The amount
of the Decommissioning Bond or Surety shall be based on a licensed independent
engineer’s estimate of the total Decommissioning Costs.

IV. BIDDER QUALIFICATION.

A. Application: The Lease will require the Lessee to submit a plan to develop, manage and
operate a renewable energy (wind power) facility. The bidder should submit a complete
application including the qualifications of the bidder to develop the Land, to construct the
improvements contemplated by the proposed bid Lease, and to provide the NMSLO’s
trust beneficiaries with sustainable long-term returns from the proposed use. The bidder
qualification criteria are set out more fully in Exhibit 5, Bid Application and Qualification
Form.
B. Consents to Dual Use Prior to Execution: The Land includes approximately 642.16 ± acres
presently leased under State Land Office agricultural leases described in Exhibit 6.
Consent must be acquired for the existing agricultural leases for the term remaining, using
the form attached at Exhibit 4. The consents submitted by prospective bidders for this
purpose may be contingent upon the prospective bidder being awarded the Lease, and
must be transferable or assignable if another bidder is the winning bidder. The winning
bidder may also be required to obtain a partial relinquishment for the acreage, permanently
removing it from the agricultural lease. If the Commissioner determines in their sole
discretion that any surface lessee has discriminated in granting consents (for example, by
granting an exclusive consent to one bidder or potential bidder) then the Commissioner
may stop the bidding process or cancel the Lease.
C. Deposits: Deposits may be in the form of a certified or cashier’s check or bank money
order, made payable to the Commissioner of Public Lands. Actions which will result in
disqualification of a deposit and the related bid include without limitation: funds being
drawn on banks or issuers located outside the United States, payment of deposits being
subject to contingencies unrelated to the transaction, or deposit documents which are
postdated. The deposits of unsuccessful bidders will be refunded, minus the application
fee which is non-refundable. The successful bidder shall pay the total costs of advertising
and will be billed for any lease sale costs in excess of the amounts set out in the
transaction deposit. The monies to be submitted as part of the bidder qualification
include:
1. Application Fee (non-refundable) $ 500.00
2. Transaction Deposit (estimated advertising cost) $ 8,850.47
3. First Year Rent Deposit $ 1,284.32
Total Qualification Deposit: $ 10,634.79
D. Application and Deposit Submittal: To qualify to bid on lease EW-0071, a completed
Bid Application (Exhibit 5), and total qualification deposit must be received at the New
Mexico State Land Office (P.O Box 1148, Santa Fe, NM, 87504; 310 Old Santa Fe Trail,
Santa Fe, NM, 87501; or in the drop-box on the front of the State Land Office Building
at 310 Old Santa Fe Trail) Attn: Commissioner of Public Lands, no later than 3:00 p.m.
(MST) on Monday January 4, 2021.

V. PUBLIC AUCTION.
A. Notice: Notice of the auction of the Lease has been published as required by law in El
Defensor Chieftain, Socorro County, NM, and Journal North, Santa Fe, NM, and the
Newsline for the Blind. A copy of the public notice is attached hereto as Exhibit 2: Notice
of Public Auction. The public notice is also posted on the NMSLO website,
www.nmstatelands.org. Bid packets may be obtained from the Director of the Office of
Renewable Energy, Jeremy Lewis, (505) 827-5724, jlewis@slo.state.nm.us; or online at
www.nmstatelands.org. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the NMSLO building is
currently not fully open to the public; limited access is available by appointment only.
B. Sealed Bid Process: The auction will be in the form of a sealed bid. Only bidders who
submit a complete application, and have been notified by NMSLO that they meet the
qualification requirements, may submit a sealed bid. The minimum bonus bid amount is
fifty thousand dollars ($50,000.00) with additional amounts in increments of ten thousand
dollars ($10,000.00) each. The bonus bid amount should be indicated on the Sealed Bid
Form and sealed in a separate envelope. The envelope containing the Sealed Bid must
be plainly marked “EW-0071 AUCTION-SEALED BID, not to be opened until
January 8, 2021 at 9:30 am.” Sealed bids may be submitted, by mail, express delivery,
or in the dropbox on the front of the State Land Office Building at 310 Old Santa Fe Trail,
to the Commissioner of Public Lands and must be received by 3:00 p.m. (MST) on
Thursday January 7, 2021. All bids submitted will be opened at the date, time and place
set forth below.
C. Sealed Bid Opening:
Date: Friday, January 8, 2021
Time: 9:30 am (MST)
Place: New Mexico State Land Office – On the front steps outside the
building 310 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501 (Bidders
will be notified about any venue change)
D. Deposit of Bonus Bids; Clearing of Deposits: The successful bidder must deposit with
the Commissioner any bonus bid within five (5) business days of the auction. All deposits,
including the qualification deposit, must clear by the time that the Lease is executed. The
Lease must be executed within thirty (30) days of the sealed bid opening except that the
Commissioner may in their sole discretion extend this deadline to a maximum of one hundred and twenty (120) days.

Wind Energy EW-0071 Bid Packet with Application Form
SOLAR ENERGY LEASE ES-0054 - McKinley COUNTY

EXHIBIT 1: BID INFORMATION SHEET
Long-Term Business Lease Number ES-0054
McKinley County, New Mexico

I. GENERAL INFORMATION.
The New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands (the “Commissioner”) will accept sealed bids
seeking the highest and best bid for a long term commercial business lease, ES-0054 (the
“Lease”), for a renewable energy (solar power) facility, which must conform to any and all
restrictions and reservations in the Lease, and all laws including but not limited to 19.2.9.1-
19.2.9.21 NMAC. ES-0054 is for 480.00 ± acres of state trust lands located in McKinley County,
New Mexico. The Lease will permit a renewable energy (solar power) facility, subject to all
environmental requirements and restrictions and all other restrictions and reservations of record.
This bid information sheet is part of a bid packet, and describes the state trust lands offered for
lease under ES-0054 and some of the principal terms of this proposed Lease. It also describes the
qualifications required and the process by which qualified persons or entities may bid on the
Lease. The entire bid packet should be reviewed before submitting a bid.

II. DESCRIPTION OF THE LAND OFFERED FOR LEASE.

The land is offered as a single parcel
only, and is described as follows (the “Land”):
A. Location and Access: The property is located in the vicinity of Gallup, New Mexico and
Window Rock, AZ.
Section 36, Township 16 North, Range 20 West, New Mexico Principal Meridian
B. Zoning: None.
C. Utilities: None.
D. Known Encumbrances: See Bid Packet Exhibit 6: List of Encumbrances on the State
Trust Lands.
E. Inspection of the Land: Permission from the Commissioner is required to access and
inspect the Land. Please contact the New Mexico State Land Office (“NMSLO”), Office
of Renewable Energy for information on obtaining a permit at (505) 827-5724 or visit the
public website www.nmstatelands.org.
F. Bidders Responsible for Due Diligence: The Land is offered “AS IS” and will be leased
as a single tract only. Bids to lease less than the entire Land will not be considered.
Prospective bidders are encouraged to inspect the records for the Land at the NMSLO
and the McKinley County Clerk’s Office, and to apply to the Commissioner for a permit
to physically inspect the Land. The Commissioner makes no representation or warranty,
express or implied, written or oral, with respect to the condition of the Land, or its fitness,
suitability, or availability for any particular use.
G. Surrounding Area: Rangeland.

III. GENERAL LEASE TERMS.

This section provides an outline of rent requirements and certain other terms in the Lease; it is
not a comprehensive description of the terms of the Lease. Interested parties should review the
entire bid packet, including the draft Lease itself (attached as Exhibit 3).
A. The Land will be leased, if at all, pursuant to the terms of the Long-Term Business Lease
ES-0054, and applicable laws and regulations. The Lease will permit a renewable energy
(solar power) facility, which must conform to any and all restrictions and reservations in
the Lease. The term of the Lease is for thirty-five years (35) years and up to one five-(5)
year Renewal Term.
B. Lessee [the person or entity to whom the Lease is issued, if at all] shall pay to
Commissioner as rent for the Land and for the rights and privileges granted hereunder
according to the following schedule (per Section 4.1 of the Lease).
Initial Phase Rent of two dollars ($7.00) per acre for the first (1) year. Lessee shall pay
Lessor rent during the initial phase according to the schedule, on a per-acre per-lease year
basis. Refer to Section 4.1.1 of the Lease.
YEAR PER ACRE PAYMENT
1 $7.00
2 $7.00
3 $8.00
4 $9.00
5 $10.00
Operations Phase Base Rent begins when the Solar Power Facility starts generating
energy. The rent for operations base year one (1) will be ten dollars ($10.00) per acre per
year or three thousand dollars ($3,000.00) per megawatt (MW) of installed capacity,
whichever is greater. Additional Operation Base Rent adjustments are referenced in
Section 4.1.2.1 of the Lease.
Operation Phase
Years:
Minimum Operations Phase Rent:
Year 1 The greater of, $3,000/MW Installed Capacity, or
$10.00 /acre of Leased Premises / Year
Years 2-10 The greater of, $3,000/MW Installed Capacity, or
$13.00 /acre of Leased Premises / Year
Years 11-20 The greater of, $3,000/MW Installed Capacity, or
$16.00 /acre of Leased Premises / Year
Years 21 – end of
Operations Phase
The greater of, $3,000/MW Installed Capacity, or
$18.00 /acre of Leased Premises / Year
Renewal Term (if any) $20.00 /acre of Leased Premises / Year
Percent Rent. From the Operations Date up to and including the Lease Year preceding
the Decommissioning Phase, Lessee shall be required to pay Percent Rent of Gross
Revenues for each Lease Year in an amount equal to the positive difference, if any,
between (x) Percent Rent as calculated below, and (y) the Operations Phase Base Rent
Payment payable with respect to such Lease Year. If required to be paid with respect to
any Lease Year during the Operations Phase, Percent Rent shall be paid within forty-five
(45) days after the end of such Lease Year. Lessee shall submit a Production and Gross
Revenues statement annually in a form reasonably acceptable to Lessor within forty-five
(45) days after the end of each Lease Year during the Operations Phase, showing how the
Percent Rent payment was calculated, or why no Percent Rent is due. Percent Rent, with
respect to any Lease Year during the Operations Phase, shall be equal to the “Applicable
Percentage” (as set forth below) of Lessee’s Gross Revenues with respect to each such
Lease Year during the Operations Phase.
Operations Phase Year Percent Rent
1-10 2.5% Gross Revenues
11-20 3.5% Gross Revenues
21-30 4.5% Gross Revenues
31-35 5.5% Gross Revenues
Renewal Term (if any) 5.5% Gross Revenues
Decommissioning Phase Rent. Lessee shall pay Lessor one-time Decommissioning
Phase Rent of three dollars ($3.00) per acre, payable upon commencement of
decommissioning activities on the land as described in Section 3.2.4 of this Lease. Refer
to Section 4.1.3 of the Lease.
Ground Disturbance Fee. Lessee shall pay a one-time ground disturbance fee of one
dollar ($1.00) per acre of Leased, totaling four hundred eighty dollars ($480.00). The
Ground Disturbance Fee must be paid to Lessor prior to the commencement of
construction. See Section 4.2.1 of the Lease.
Rental Interest and Late Fee. Interest on delinquent base rent or percent rent payments
shall accrue from the date the payment becomes due at the rate of one percent (1%) a
month or any fraction of a month. Lessee shall also pay a late processing fee of one
hundred dollars ($100.00) for any delinquent payment of rent, in accordance with the
Lessor’s schedule of fees, as provided in Section 4.1.4 of the Lease.
Decommissioning Surety. Lessee shall establish and shall keep in full force and effect
during the Lease Term an irrevocable letter of credit, parental guarantee, bond, or other
form of Surety acceptable to Lessor as specified in Section 5.6 of the Lease. The amount
of the Decommissioning Bond or Surety shall be based on a licensed independent
engineer’s estimate of the total Decommissioning Costs.

IV. BIDDER QUALIFICATION.

A. Application: The Lease will require the Lessee to submit a plan to develop, manage and
operate a renewable energy (solar power) facility. The bidder should submit a complete
application including the qualifications of the bidder to develop the Land, to construct the
improvements contemplated by the proposed bid Lease, and to provide the NMSLO’s
trust beneficiaries with sustainable long-term returns from the proposed use. The bidder
qualification criteria are set out more fully in Exhibit 5, Bid Application and Qualification
Form.
B. Consent to Dual Use Prior to Execution: The Land includes approximately 480.00 ± acres
presently leased under State Land Office agricultural lease GS-2251. An executed
relinquishment of 480 acres is on file for GS-2251 and will be recorded if/when this solar
lease ES 54 is executed.
C. Deposits: Deposits may be in the form of a certified or cashier’s check or bank money
order, made payable to the Commissioner of Public Lands. Actions which will result in
disqualification of a deposit and the related bid include without limitation: funds being
drawn on banks or issuers located outside the United States, payment of deposits being
subject to contingencies unrelated to the transaction, or deposit documents which are
postdated. The deposits of unsuccessful bidders will be refunded, minus the application
fee which is non-refundable. The successful bidder- shall pay the total costs of
advertising and will be billed for any lease sale costs in excess of the amounts set out in
transaction deposit. The monies to be submitted as part of the bidder qualification
include:
1. Application Fee (non-refundable) $ 500.00
2. Transaction Deposit (estimated advertising cost) $ 9,959.21
3. First Year Rent Deposit $ 3,360.00
Total Qualification Deposit: $ 13,819.21
D. Application and Deposit Submittal: The completed application (Exhibit 5), application
fee and qualification deposit must be received at the New Mexico State Land Office, PO
Box 1148, Santa Fe, NM, 87504 or 310 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM, 87501; or in
the drop-box on the front of the State Land Office Building at 310 Old Santa Fe Trail)
Attn: Commissioner of Public Lands, no later than 3:00 p.m. (MST) on Monday,
January 4, 2021.

V. PUBLIC AUCTION.

A. Notice: Notice of the auction of the Lease has been published as required by law in The
Gallup Independent, Gallup, NM, and Journal North, Santa Fe, NM, and the Newsline
for the Blind. A copy of the public notice is attached hereto as Exhibit 2: Notice of Public
Auction. The public notice is also posted on the NMSLO
website, www.nmstatelands.org. Bid packets may be obtained from the Director of the
Office of Renewable Energy, Jeremy Lewis, (505) 827-5724, jlewis@slo.state.nm.us; or
online at www.nmstatelands.org. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the NMSLO
building is currently not open to the public except by appointment and all entrants must
wear standard personal protective equipment.
B. Sealed Bid Process: The auction will be in the form of a sealed bid. Only bidders who
submit a complete application and have been notified by NMSLO that they meet the
qualification requirements the qualification requirements may submit a sealed bid. The
minimum bonus bid amount is one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000.00) with
additional amounts in increments of ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) each. The bonus
bid amount should be indicated on the Sealed Bid Form and sealed in a separate envelope.
The envelope containing the Sealed Bid must be plainly marked “ES-0054 AUCTIONSEALED BID, not to be opened until January 8, 2020 at 9:30 am”. Sealed bids may
be submitted by mail or express delivery to the Commissioner of Public Lands and must
be received by 3:00 p.m. (MST) on Thursday January 7, 2020. All bids submitted will
be opened at the date, time and place set forth below.
C. Sealed Bid Opening:
Date: Friday, January 8, 2020
Time: 9:30 am (MST)
Place: New Mexico State Land Office – On the front steps outside the
building at 310 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87504.
Bidders will be notified about any venue change
D. Deposit of Bonus Bids; Clearing of Deposits: The successful bidder must deposit with
the Commissioner any bonus bid within five (5) business days of the auction. All deposits,
including the qualification deposit, must clear by the time that the Lease is executed. The
Lease must be executed within thirty (30) days of the sealed bid opening except that the
Commissioner may in their sole discretion extend this deadline to a maximum of onehundred and twenty (120) days.

Solar Energy ES-0054 Bid Packet with Application Form
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