"Innovative projects such as Solar + Storage are moving Missouri forward with smart energy," said Michael Moehn, chairman and president of Ameren Missouri.
The proposed Solar + Storage facilities will be located in the communities of Green City, Richwoods and Utica and are expected to bring increased reliability to customers.
Each location is expected to have a 10 MW solar facility, making them the three largest investor-owned utility solar installations in the state. During sunny days, customers near the proposed facilities will receive their energy primarily from the solar facility. The solar energy will also charge the battery. In the case of a service interruption, each battery will be able to power connected homes for several hours, giving the utility’s repair crews time to fix the service issue without causing an extended outage. Customers will also remain connected to the larger energy grid.
The new Solar + Storage facilities are part of the company's plans to add 100 MW of solar generation by 2027.
"Incorporating several types of renewable energy, and now energy storage, will help us achieve our goal of reducing carbon emissions 80 percent from 2005 levels by 2050," Moehn said.
Construction of the Solar + Storage facilities is subject to a number of conditions including approval from the MoPSC.