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Generating Revenue from Endowment Land

The Land Board and IDL have statutory authority to lease alternative energy resources on approximately 2.5 million acres of endowment land.

Revenue generated from alternative energy leasing provides vital funding to the endowment beneficiaries, including Idaho’s public schools. Idaho’s constitution requires IDL to maximize the revenue generated from these lands for the beneficiaries.

Any individual, company or governmental agency that wishes to develop wind, solar or geothermal energy projects on endowment land must obtain a lease from IDL.

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Program Contacts

Wind and Solar Energy Leasing
Jason Laney
IDL Leasing Section Manager
Boise Staff Office
(208) 334-0278

Geothermal Leasing
Mike Murphy
IDL Minerals Leasing Program Manager
Boise Staff Office
(208) 334-0290

Alternative Energy Lease Templates

Requests for Proposals - Alternative Energy

Orchard Solar Lease

IDL is issuing this Request for Proposal (“RFP”) with the purpose of selecting a solar lease tenant for the property known as the Ada County Wind Lease, a 5,400 acre parcel of endowment land located in Ada County, Idaho.

Available for Lease

Step-by-Step Guide for Alternative Energy Leasing

Finding Land

  • Review our Leasing Opportunities and Inquiries Application  to identify sites that meet your project needs.
  • Having trouble finding real estate with the right attributes? Contact Jason Laney to discuss potential sites for alternative energy development.

Alternative Leasing Process

  • Proponent submits application.
  • Idaho Department of Lands reviews the application.
  • Upon approval of an application, a request for proposal is developed and advertised to determine if there are any other interested parties.
  • The application that is in the best interest of the endowment beneficiaries is selected.
  • A lease agreement is developed with the successful applicant.
  • The lease is offered for auction.
  • If more than one application is received, the parties bid at a live public auction.

Important Information

Interactive Leasing

Use this app to find endowment land that is available for leasing. We lease land to generate revenue for the endowment beneficiaries.

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Expiring Leases
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This flow chart explains how expiring leases are advertised, applications are reviewed, leases are drafted, and auctions are held.

Unleased Lands
Flow Chart

This flow chart explains how unleased state lands are advertised, applications are reviewed, leases are drafted, and auctions are held.
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