Solar Installations Pick Up In Cape Girardeau, Future Growth Uncertain

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

Seeing solar panels on roofs of businesses and homes is becoming more commonplace in Cape Girardeau.

John’s Pharmacy, one of the latest converts, decided to switch to solar power not only to save money on electricity, but also to ensure the pharmacy and John’s RX, the nursing home medication part of the business, would have electricity during a power outage.

Installers expect to see more solar projects in the next six months, but the number likely will drop after that because Ameren Missouri has met its cap of funds available for rebate by law. Applications are being accepted, said Melinda Kershaw, director of marketing for Day & Night Solar in Collinsville, Ill., but there are no more funds to be distributed.

Ameren has this message on its website: “At this time, Ameren Missouri’s solar rebate program is fully subscribed to the $91.9 million funding level. Ameren Missouri does not anticipate making any additional funding available although solar rebate payments will not be suspended until the funding level has been fully paid.”

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