Utility company Ameren Missouri is planning to install three solar + storage facilities across the state of Missouri with plans for completion by end of next year. The facilities should cost around $68 million and consist of large solar energy generation facilities connected to battery storage — a first for Missouri. If the plan is approved it will yield facilities in the rural communities of Green City, Richwoods, and Utica.
"At Ameren Missouri, we're leading the region with this technology. These non-traditional solutions are expected to benefit customers by increasing reliability, growing the amount of renewable energy generation on the grid, and investing in the communities we call home," said Michael Moehn, chairman of Ameren Missouri. "Innovative projects such as Solar + Storage are moving Missouri forward with smart energy."
“The 10-megawatt facilities the utility aims to build next year would each have a battery that could power connected homes for several hours. That would help reduce the time the area loses power,” said Kevin Anders, Ameren Missouri’s vice president of distribution operations and technical services.
Anders added that this solution wasn't available to us just two years ago. Solar and storage technology has made significant strides in the past several years. Prices continue to decline, making them an attractive, affordable option for the communities the utility company serves.
"Incorporating several types of renewable energy, and now energy storage, will help us achieve our goal of reducing carbon emissions 80% from 2005 levels by 2050," Moehn said.