Missouri’s largest residential and commercial electricity provider is expanding the state’s community solar programs. Ameren Missouri revealed on May 28, 2020, that it will be adding to the current Missouri community solar programs after plans were approved by the Missouri Public Service Commission.
A subsidiary of Ameren, Ameren Missouri delivers electricity to the state’s residents. Since the focus has been put on renewable, clean energy, Ameren has been working to increase the reach of its community solar programs. Currently, customers of the Missouri power company can subscribe to 100-kilowatts/hour of solar energy. This is provided by Ameren Missouri’s current Community Solar facility. With the approval of its plans, the electric company will be looking to build a second facility to allow it to reach more customers.
Community solar projects allow customers to participate in solar energy without building costly solar panels on their homes. For customers of Ameren Missouri’s community solar program, no matter when they sign up, all will wind up paying the same price. The tactic reduces utility bills of households while decreasing the production of carbon emissions throughout the state.
Customers that signed up with Ameren Missouri’s solar program in 2019 were drawing power from a facility near St. Louis Lambert International Airport. By the close of the year, the plant had reached capacity. Depending on subscriber levels, these customers may be able to take advantage of the second facility to increase their role in using clean energy.
Ameren Missouri’s community solar program is affiliated with the company’s Smart Energy Plan. According to officials of Ameren, the plan includes thousands of projects scattered across Missouri intended to improve upon the current grid. The end result is expected to be a cleaner, smarter, and more powerful system.
Ameren’s website touts that the company, across Missouri and Illinois, generates approximately 10,200 megawatts of power. It is also said to have the lowest rates in the United States.