Ameren Missouri’s rebates for home and business owners who install solar panels are depleted, all projects are due to end in June, and legislation that would renew the rebate is stuck in committee with the session about to end. Solar panel installers expect to cut workers as the business drops.
The rebate program, totaling $92 million, was supposed to get the tiny industry in the state off the ground. It worked. The Missouri Solar Energy Industries Association predicts the total solar capacity to be around 90 megawatts by the end of the year — a fraction of the state’s 22,003 megawatts of summer generating capacity in 2012, but a big jump from virtually nothing three years ago.