February 11, 2019 at 12:22 PM CST
Updated February 11 at 12:22 PM
COLUMBIA, MO (Heartland News at 9) - A group focused on renewable energy and energy efficiency policy in Missouri praised the success of the Community Solar Program.
Through the program, Ameren customers could subscribe for free to have their home or business powered by solar. If Ameren hit a certain number of subscribers, based on energy needs, Ameren would start constructing a 1MW solar array near Lambert Airport.
According to Ameren’s report, 355 customers signed up for the 1,302 blocks, with four blocks on average per customer, in order to fully utilize the Lambert Airport facility. They say customers continue to enroll and are now being placed on a waiting list.
While participating customers will pay slightly more for solar energy under the program, according to Ameren, they may be able to save money in the long run due to the expected rise in retail electricity rates in the future.
The not-for-profit group, called Renew Missouri, expects that an expansion of the program may lower the cost of solar energy under the program.