MISSOURI – Ameren recently announced plans to build solar PV systems in Missouri and Illinois to explore solar options. Ameren has planned a solar demonstration project at its St. Louis headquarters, and another at a site to be determined in Illinois. At least three different technologies will be used and tested. Once the systems are running late next year, Ameren will share its findings online with customers who may be considering installing their own solar energy systems.
Ameren currently has no solar projects, although it is working with wind, methane and other alternatives to fossil fuels. It is under mandates in both states to have part of its energy portfolio in renewable energy. Beginning Jan. 1, 2010, in Missouri, the company is offering a rebate of $2 per watt up to 25 kilowatts or a maximum of $50,000 for qualified new installations (post 1/1/2010) of solar electric systems on residential and commercial properties.