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Ameren Missouri launches new solar energy project in north St. Louis

PENROSE – Ameren Missouri is planning a large-scale solar installation in north city as part of its Neighborhood Solar program, the utility says.

The St. Louis solar farm and another, in Jefferson County, are the latest plans by Ameren to expand its solar program. In late June, Ameren announced it was buying its largest-ever solar facility, a 200 megawatt installation in central Missouri. That site, called the Huck Finn installation, is expected to produce enough energy to power approximately 40,000 homes and could begin generating clean energy as soon as 2024.

The north St. Louis site will be at 4440 Union Boulevard, just south of I-70, at Ameren Missouri’s North Metro Operating Center in the Penrose neighborhood.

The Jefferson County site will be at the Ameren Missouri’s Jefferson District Operating Center in House Springs.

The two new solar energy sites will start small, generating by the end of 2023 enough clean energy to power about 55 households.

“These next two sites were chosen for the positive impact they’ll provide for decades to come,” said Mark Birk, chairman and president of Ameren Missouri. “In addition to producing clean energy, they will also provide jobs and important apprenticeships for underserved communities to learn about the ever-expanding field of clean energy installation.”

The two new solar energy sites will use nearly 1,200 solar panels covering an area approximately the size of two football fields. Diverse suppliers will be hired for design and construction, and several pre-apprentices from nearby areas will be involved in construction, giving them hands-on experience in the growing solar installation industry.

As another, ongoing part of the Neighborhood Solar program, Ameren Missouri is partnering with organizations across the state to install and maintain solar arrays on their parking lots. This will help Ameren Missouri toward its goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2045.

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