Utility Ameren Missouri (NYSE: AEE) is planning to build the biggest investor-owned solar power center in Missouri, which will generate 5.7 megawatts. The facility, known as the O'Fallon Renewable Energy Center, located in O'Fallon, Mo., will be constructed near Ameren Missouri's Belleau substation in St. Charles County. The center is expected to have 19,900 solar panels - capable of powering 650 homes in St. Louis. Warner Baxter, president and CEO of Ameren Missouri, said the center will allow the firm to provide more energy from different energy sources.
“We are building the largest investor-owned solar energy center in Missouri history because Ameren Missouri is committed to powering the quality of life for our customers with cleaner energy derived from a diverse mix of energy sources, including renewables,” said Warner Baxter, president and CEO of Ameren Missouri.
Bill Barbieri, director of renewable energy strategy at Ameren Missouri, said the solar power project will cost between $10 million to $20 million. Construction of the O'Fallon Renewable Energy Center is expected to begin in April, with the project slated to deliver power to Ameren Missouri customers by December 2014.