On Monday, Perry city council signed a 25-year lease with Alliant Energy to build a solar power generator on the brownfield site on the city’s west side. The partnership with Perry marks the first solar project hosted by Alliant Energy’s customer in Iowa.
The city will receive $ 45,470 per year in rent on the seven-acre parcel along with renewable energy credits that can be used to offset the city’s greenhouse gas and carbon dioxide emissions and help Perry progress towards its sustainability goals.
“Our collaboration with Alliant Energy on this facility will provide financial, environmental and educational benefits to residents of the city and region,” said City of Perry Administrator Sven Peterson. “The Town of Perry is looking forward to welcoming a solar energy project to our community.”
The solar panel – which is expected to be online by mid-2022 – will be located north of the Tyson plant and near the old Milwaukee Road rotunda on a reclaimed brownfield site where the city has been trying for several years to put set up a renewable energy project. A 2015 proposal for a set of 5 megawatts of solar collectors at the same site was unsuccessful.
“It’s important to understand that an unexpected discovery on the property or unforeseen market conditions could impact the size of the project, your estimated annual rents, or the construction schedule,” said Zack Hill, Senior Director of Development resources at Alliant Energy. “As you know, given that the project would be located on a brownfield site, it could present unique environmental challenges that will need to be addressed.”
Peterson said he was confident the project would see the light of day.
“The new Alliant Energy program allows us to move forward to build a solar installation, which will help us redevelop a property that is difficult to reuse,” he said. “Additionally, the Raccoon River Valley Trail is adjacent to this facility, which will provide a highly visible opportunity to promote and educate the public about solar energy. This is an ideal site for the project. “
When installed, the Alliant solar power plant will produce approximately 1 megawatt (MW) at peak performance. The annual electricity production of a 1 MW system is estimated to be around 1.7 million kilowatt-hours (kWh), enough power for about 150 mid-sized American homes.
“We are thrilled to partner with the Town of Perry to support the community and bring more clean energy to our customers,” said Mason Adams, Key Account Manager for Alliant Energy. “This is the first renewable energy solar installation hosted by the Alliant Energy customer in the state of Iowa. This is a win-win project that will benefit the local economy and the environment for many years to come. It represents our vision to provide a clean energy future for our customers and the communities we serve.
Adams said he is pleased that the customer-hosted solar renewable energy proposal meets city guidelines, and that the city’s goal of having clean power generation on the ground will soon be a target. reality. He said Alliant Energy’s Clean Energy Vision aspires to achieve net zero carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity it produces by 2050.
Alliant Energy will oversee the construction of the solar installation and own, operate and maintain it, and the 25-year lease provides for up to three extensions of five years each. There are no upfront, financing or other charges for the Town of Perry.
Perry’s continued efforts to reduce his carbon footprint have included converting to LED lights at all city facilities, installing solar panels on buildings at the Raccoon River Valley Trailhead, and adopting ‘a green building code for the construction of new homes, which includes a simplified permit process. and low permit application fees for solar construction. The city achieved the SolSmart designation in 2016 for these efforts.
Proposals are due April 15 for the installation of photovoltaic solar panels on most other buildings in the city.