Renew Missouri pushes for participants in solar program

Ameren Missouri, our state’s largest electric investor-owned utility serving over 1.2 million customers, recently started seeking applicants for their Community Solar programs after years of dealing with the matter at the Public Service Commission.

Renew Missouri, a not-for-profit group focused on renewable energy and energy efficiency policy around the Show-Me State, is working on finding a few hundred Ameren Missouri customers who want the option of solar power but don’t have a solar-ready roof or don’t own their home or business. With the kick-off of Ameren’s Community Solar Subscription program, there’s an excellent opportunity for customers who cannot do solar panels to finally move towards cleaner energy.

Ameren Missouri, our state’s largest electric investor-owned utility serving over 1.2 million customers, recently started seeking applicants for their Community Solar programs after years of dealing with the matter at the Public Service Commission. “Renew Missouri is not only a supporter of renewable energy but also of customer choice,” said Executive Director James Owen. “We have supported Ameren’s efforts on this program for years and glad that customers who cannot do rooftop solar now finally have another option.  

The biggest challenge is that Ameren Missouri will not start building the 1MW solar array near the Lambert Airport until they pre-register enough customers. “We’ve talked to Ameren Missouri and they’ve told us they need anywhere from 300-400 customers to make this work,” said Renew Missouri St. Louis Regional Director/Counsel Andrew Linhares. “We are pulling out all the stops to reach out to our savvy supporters as well as green-minded customers in Ameren Missouri’s service territory not just to hit this initial amount, but to show the utility they need to build more to meet demand.”

In order to reach as many Ameren Missouri customers as possible, Renew Missouri has come up with a one-sheet about the program that can be viewed here as well as a FAQ that answers questions in a way anyone can understand.  That can be found here. “We know Ameren Missouri has a FAQ page on its website but we’re worried it’s a little daunting,” said Owen. “We’ve made efforts to explain the program in a way that’s easy to process in our opinion.”

The Community Solar program does require some money up front and there is an extra charge for using this power but Renew Missouri believes the market is driving a program like this. “People want access to solar power,” Linhares notes. “But that’s tough if you live in a loft or you have a house surrounded by trees. This gives Ameren Missouri customers an opportunity to do something right now and to show Ameren Missouri that they must continue to move away from coal and embrace these crucial alternatives.”

“This is not just good for the environment,” Linhares added. “But this is good for Missouri’s business climate and good for modernizing the grid in a positive way.”

For more information, please contact James Owen at 417-496-1924 or at james@renewmo.org.

Source: http://www.lakenewsonline.com/news/20181108/renew-missouri-pushes-for-participants-in-solar-program

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