Solar PV in Decorah

The City of Decorah is committed to supporting alternative energy systems and technology. As part of that commitment, the City has assembled information on solar power as it relates to planning, permitting, and education.  This information is provided to earn SolSmart recognition for making it faster, easier, and more affordable for our Citizens to go solar. With the Winneshiek Energy District serving as our SolSmart Advisor, the city is working to increase the efficiency of local processes related to solar development.

Solar Panel/Array Installation

To install a solar array, please fill out a Compliance Certificate Application.

Solar is currently allowed by-rights as an accessory structure in all residential zones and is permitted as an accessory use in all other zones as Accessory uses and structures customarily incidental to any principal permitted use. Decorah Zoning Ordinances

Solar installations also require an electrical permit from the State of Iowa website prior to an electrical inspection. For solar installations in Decorah, the State is responsible for electrical inspections and permitting. Installations must comply with the Iowa building code. Electrical permits may be submitted, inspections scheduled, and fees paid for online through the State of Iowa portal. The State of Iowa will complete one electrical inspection at the completion of the project. No further inspections are required.