Conversation over the potential development of solar arrays in the Brownsfield location continued at the Perry City Council on Monday, August 7. Mayor Jay Pattee talked highly of the proposed option, a project that initially became an idea in the works in 2014.

“It’s an ideal place for solar generation,” Mayor Jay Pattee commented.

The project first developed in December of 2014, where discussion at a City Council was made to approve a land-lease option agreement for a six-megawatt solar ray. The option was set at 24-months, where the land north of Tyson, 13500 | Court, off of the bike trail and outside of city limits was initially brought to attention.

However, an adjustment to the original Megawatt amendment was made during the August 7 meeting.

Both Megawatt and the City of Perry worked together to change the agreement in order to provide Dallas County and Tyson Foods with an easement of land due to the section relocation of the Raccoon Valley Trail.

“With the expansion project with Tyson and needing the easements, Mr. Kennedy with Megawatt was able to get in touch with people at Tyson Foods to further that discussion of putting in a possible solar ray power,” City Administrator, Sven Peterson said.

The Lease is set to subside December 15, 2018, but if necessary, they are allowed a 24-month option extension period, which will include a report on the progress of the installation of a solar array.

Pattee said the combination of both Tyson’s location as well as the addition of solar panels would make for a nice stop on the bike trail, a sight that would represent both industrialization as well as renewable energy.

In the December 2014 City Council meeting, a public hearing was set for December 15, where city council approved the entrance of a Land Lease Option and Lease Agreement. The agreement was between the City of Perry and Megawatt Photovoltaic Development.

Sean Kennedy, President of Megawatt Photovoltaic Development, Inc. visited the city council during the public hearing to discuss the possibility of “leasing the property with intentions of developing a solar field,” according to the December 15 meeting minutes.

According to the December 19, 2014 article from The Perry Chief, the council noted how “industrial” the area was, and all city council members allegedly were in support of gaining solar panels.

“So you come into Perry from that side and you have a beautiful river you come across and then you’re confronted by the effects of industry,” Pattee described to the council during the August 7 meeting.