Ameren Missouri plans to add more renewable power to its grid with the construction of a 5.7-megawatt solar energy center in O’Fallon, a project with a cost range of $10 million to $20 million. Ameren will finance the project using a mix of long- and short-term debt in addition to equity financing, the director of renewable strategy, policy and generation said.
The solar energy center will be able to power 650 average-size homes per year in the St. Louis area. The facility will feature more than 19,000 solar panels and will be built adjacent to Ameren’s substation in St. Charles.
MC Industrial Inc., an independent McCarthy company, will construct the solar center. Burns & McDonnell will do the engineering work. The project is expected to create 50 to 70 construction jobs.
Ameren Missouri has about 1.2 million electricity customers and 127,000 natural gas customers in central and eastern Missouri.