Ameren Missouri looking to spread solar generation across state

Published on October 07, 2019 by Dave Kovaleski

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Ameren Missouri plans to install solar generation facilities in parking lots, on roofs, and in other open spaces as part of an initiative to spread solar generation across the state.

The effort is part of its Neighborhood Solar program, which was made possible by a law passed by the Missouri General Assembly in 2018. The ideal partners for the program are non-profit organizations, schools, institutions, or other non-residential locations that are gathering spots in the community.

“Ameren Missouri’s Neighborhood Solar program is about more than generating renewable energy; it’s about impact. We’re measuring that impact in a number of ways, including increased job training, education, and investments in renewable energy in the Missouri communities we serve and call home,” Matt Forck, vice president of community, economic development and energy solutions at Ameren Missouri, said.

Organizations that are interested in participating can go to In picking the places to install solar panels, Ameren Missouri looked at a variety of factors, including the amount of solar generation possible, total installation cost, support of the energy grid, neighborhood benefits, electric vehicle charging opportunities, and ties to workforce training and development. If selected, Ameren Missouri will construct and maintain the facilities. Residential customers are not eligible.

Initial sites may be selected by December with construction targeted to begin in the early part of 2020. The total number of chosen facilities depends on several factors, but Ameren Missouri plans to spend at least $14 million on the program.

“I expect Neighborhood Solar sites will touch all corners of our service territory across the state. It’s another way we’re transitioning to cleaner forms of generation in a responsible fashion,” Forck said.

The Neighborhood Solar program is part of Ameren Missouri’s overall plan to create a more reliable energy grid and introduce new sources of renewable energy.