Ameren Missouri Acquires New Solar Project

Ameren Missouri is a subsidiary of Ameren Corporation that provides electric and gas services in the state of Missouri. It plans to acquire a new 200 MW solar facility in the central part of the state. In addition, this acquisition would provide thousands of homes with clean electricity.

Ameren Missouri acquires Huck Finn project

Energy provider Ameren Missouri plans to acquire the Huck Finn project. The 200 MW project is expected to be built on the border of Audrain and Ralls counties. It will be acquired through a construction transfer agreement with EDF Renewables.

The construction of the solar plant is expected to generate over 250 jobs. In addition, once completed, Huck Finn will normally produce enough energy to power approximately 40,000 homes. According to forecasts, clean energy production could begin as early as 2024.

Mark Birk, president of Ameren Missouri states:

“The Huck Finn development is good for all of our customers. In fact, it provides clean electricity and creates economic opportunities. And it brings millions of dollars into the economic community.”

Huck Finn represents a sea change for solar energy production in Missouri. In fact, Ameren Missouri recently updated its plan to preserve Missouri’s energy security. This plan reduces the timeframe for achieving zero carbon emissions from five years to 2045.

Birk adds that the company focuses on the two things that are most important to customers, reliability and affordability. Also, additions of renewable energy generation over time help maintain these criteria.

New measures to accelerate the energy transition

The acquisition of the Huck Finn solar facility is part of Ameren Missouri’s strategy. The facility will have the capacity to generate 25 times more energy than the largest existing facility today.

Ameren Missouri has an ambition to add 2,800 MW of new renewable generation to its portfolio by 2030. Also Huck Finn is the last project she plans to acquire for this. It will also be the ninth the company has put into service since 2019.

Together, these nine facilities represent over 360 MW. Ameren Missouri is trying to take advantage of all the existing construction. For example, it has installed solar power plants in underutilized areas (parking lots, airport runways). As well, it is developing partnerships with community organizations in underserved neighbourhoods.

Ajay Arora, director of renewable energy at Ameren Missouri explains the company’s strategy. The latter wishes to take even more measures in the coming months. In addition, it is committed to demonstrating its commitment to clean energy production.

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