New Ameren Missouri plant planned for St. Louis area

January 22, 2014 by  

Ameren Missouri, an energy company, plans to build a new solar plant in O’Fallon, Missouri, about 30 miles from St. Louis.

Ameren Missouri’s new plant will add power to its existing grid, providing 5.7 megawatts of solar energy – a renewable resource. The project will cost between $10m and $20m, and will generate enough energy to power 650 homes annually in and around St. Louis. The new facility, which will be located next to Ameren’s St. Charles substation, will have at least 19,000 solar panels.

The plant will be constructed by MC Industrial, Inc., a McCarthy company, while Burns & McDonnell will engineer the project. Construction is slated to begin this coming April, once the designs are finalized and O’Fallon has approved the permits, and it is anticipated that the building work will generate between 50 and 70 jobs in the construction trades. The solar power generating system could be delivering power to St. Louis area customers by December this year.

Ameren Missouri, which is a subsidiary of Ameren Corp., provides electricity to approximately 1.2 million customers throughout the St. Louis region, and delivers natural gas to about 127,000 customers in eastern and central Missouri.

Ameren Missouri could work with brochure printers to create a mailer for area residents, explaining the importance of using renewable resources such as solar power. It could also explain how solar power plants work, and the savings that customers who switch to solar energy may be able to enjoy.