Ameren seeks approval for biggest single solar project in Missouri

Union Electric d/b/a Ameren Missouri is asking the Missouri Public Service Commission for a quick approval for a 5.7-MW solar project that will be the largest such installation in Missouri so far.

This Ameren (NYSE: AEE) subsidiary on Jan. 13 applied at the PSC for a certificate of public convenience and necessity (CCN) authorizing it to construct, install, own, operate, maintain and otherwise control and manage solar generation facilities in O’Fallon, Missouri. The project would be located at 1621 Highway 79 in O’Fallon. This location is adjacent to an existing substation and is on land already owned by Ameren Missouri. It is also within Ameren Missouri’s certificated service territory.

Ameren Missouri said this project furthers its commitment to renewable energy generation in the state of Missouri, and is part of its strategy to comply with Missouri’s Renewable Energy Standard (RES).

The facility will initially consist of a 5.7-MW (DC) photovoltaic ground mount fixed axis solar facility that will produce approximately 7,700 megawatt-hours (MWh) of solar generated energy per year, on average. It will be the largest single site solar facility in the state of Missouri.

Construction is anticipated to begin in May 2014 and is to be completed by the end of the year. Once constructed, Ameren Missouri said it anticipates that this facility will generate enough energy to provide approximately 9,600 solar renewable energy credits (SRECs) annually.

Ameren Missouri is asking the PSC to approve this CCN promptly, but in no event later than April 15, 2014, so that all regulatory clearances required prior to commencement of construction will have been obtained prior to May 2014.

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