Once those projects were up and running, they would have to pay royalties. The money would be split between the state, counties, and the Bureau of Land Management – and just over one-third of it would go into a wildlife and land conservation fund.
Arizona Representative Paul Gosar is the sponsor of the Public Lands and Renewable Energy Development Act.
Nic Callero with the National Wildlife Federation says it should boost this type of development in Arizona.
Callero's group believes a competitive leasing process also means developers will avoid controversial areas with critical habitat concerns, to save time and money.
The bill has co-sponsors from both parties in eight western states, including Arizona's Ann Kirkpatrick and David Schweikert.