Ameren Missouri solar projects will increase in the state’s eastern region over the next two years through collaborations with colleges and municipal governments. Last month, Ameren began work on a series of solar canopies on Southeast Missouri State University’s Cape Girardeau campus. According to Ameren, the installation would employ two university parking lots and will provide apprenticeships and construction jobs in addition to sustainable energy. Ameren estimates that the device will supply enough energy to power 130 houses per year. The installation is scheduled to be operational by July 2022.
Background on Ameren Missouri solar projects
Following the Maryland Heights Renewable Energy Center, which converts landfill gas into renewable energy, this will be the city’s second Ameren-operated renewable energy station. According to the firm, the Maryland Heights Renewable Energy Center, which launched in 2012, has the capacity to generate power for 10,000 houses each year. Ameren began extending its solar footprint in St. Louis earlier this year, collaborating with Habitat for Humanity and ReStore, a facility dedicated to reusing unwanted products, to build the St. Louis Renewable Energy Center.
In August, the Maryland Heights Renewable Energy Center began producing electricity. The locations are part of Ameren’s Community Solar initiative, which involves the business installing solar technology on existing land, buildings, and parking lots at no cost to property owners. The three locations will generate local job possibilities and training opportunities.
“We are delighted to collaborate with Ameren Missouri to deliver additional renewable energy to southeast Missouri while also providing teaching opportunities to our students and community on this critical issue. This solar installation is an excellent complement to our campus sustainability initiatives and highlights the university’s and our whole Redhawk community’s dedication to a greener, cleaner future,” Southeast President Carlos Vargas said. “Working with Ameren Missouri to deliver more renewable energy to Maryland Heights is a victory for all of us,” stated Maryland Heights Mayor Mike Moeller.