Ameren Missouri brings Montgomery County Community Solar Center online for Earth Week

Published on April 20, 2022 by Chris Galford

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In time for this Earth Week, Ameren Missouri brought its newest clean energy source online, completing work on the Montgomery County Community Solar Center and expanding its Community Solar Program.

Ameren’s Community Solar Program offers customers a chance to invest in solar energy generation through a shared system. Previously, it had only generated power from the Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, so the new addition expands its capabilities significantly. Begun as a pilot program in 2018, it now allows interested residential and small business customers to join a waiting list and, eventually, a subscription service that includes more than 2,000 participants.

“Thanks to the backing of so many Missourians, we are providing more renewable solar energy than ever before,” Patrick Smith, vice president of economic, community, and business development at Ameren Missouri, said. “Ameren Missouri’s Community Solar program is an easy solution for customers looking to step up their renewable energy use, support solar energy expansion, and help reduce emissions economy-wide.”

Participants in the Community Solar Program can potentially offset up to 100 percent of their energy use without paying costly upfront investments for solar equipment installation on their property. It also benefits renters who don’t have the option to deploy their own solar generation.

It also complements Ameren’s goal, like many utilities at this point, of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.