A SolSmart designation is a signal that Perry is ‘open for solar business,’ helping to attract solar industry investment and generate economic development and local jobs. This is all part of the city’s long-term initiative to become more sustainable through advancing opportunities for job growth and healthy living in the local economy."Perry City Administrator Sven Peterson
Created an online permitting checklist, increasing transparency for community members and solar installers
Reviewed local zoning codes and identified restrictions that intentionally or unintentionally prohibit solar PV development
Installed or leased land for solar development on brownfields, landfills, formerly contaminated lands and/or other under-utilized properties
Created and shared an interactive solar map of the community availabe on the community’s webpage
Installed solar PV on local facilities including the Perry Market Place
The city has set an example locally by installing a solar array on its farmers’ market Building at the Raccoon River Valley Trailhead complex. This array provides power to the farmers market vendors, the Parks and Rec maintenance building, and an electric utility vehicle that is used in the parks.