Missouri’s Solar Rebates Prove Too Popular For Their Own Good

SunEdison solar panel | Photo courtesy of SunEdison
Photo courtesy of SunEdison

A request by Missouri’s largest utility to curtail payment of millions of dollars in solar rebates is clouding the future of a popular program that’s helping make alternative energy systems more affordable for local consumers. Ameren Missouri, in a filing with the Public Service Commission, says the value of solar rebate requests has tripled through September to $35.5 million. And the surge of rebate applications, Ameren says, threatens to increase the cost of complying with the state law that says the renewable energy requirement can’t raise rates more than 1 percent above what they would otherwise be.

The utility has asked the PSC for approval to interrupt the rebate program when the 1 percent rate limit is reached — a decision that could prematurely end the rebate program for the final weeks of this year and dictate how much money is available in future years.

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