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Community Solar

Be a Part of a Clean Energy Future

Take part in solar energy generation without installing a single solar panel.

What is Community Solar and how does it work? 

Community Solar is a simple solution for customers who want to take part in solar generation without installing solar panels on their home or business. Our program allows eligible customers to subscribe to blocks of a shared solar system at a locked in solar generation charge. That means the solar generation portion of your rate won’t change while you are a subscriber. We know our customers value cleaner energy, and we do too. This program enables us to work together to accomplish that.

Current Ameren Missouri electric customers that are under Residential Service 1M or Small General Service 2M classification are eligible for the Community Solar program. Participants will be enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have received a disconnect notice in the last 12 months, have requested an optional time of use rate, or participate in net metering, you are not eligible to participate in this program.

 


Each subscribed block of solar energy will be billed monthly at the Community Solar rate. For residential customers, this rate is $0.1192/kWh, which is $11.92 per 100 kWh block. For small business customers (2M), this rate is $0.1099/kWh, which is $10.99 per 100 kWh block. This will be a separate line item on your monthly energy statement as shown in the graphic. The same amount of kWh (number of blocks enrolled times 100 kWh) will be deducted from your monthly usage before your regular rate is applied. If you would like more information about statement charges, visit the Understanding Your Statement page.

If you would like more information about statement charges, visit the Understanding Your Statement page.

 

 

 

 


A block of solar energy is equivalent to 100 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of power. The amount of blocks you can purchase is limited to one half of the average of your monthly usage based on the last 12 months of billing. For example, if your average monthly usage for the last 12 months is 1,300 kWh, one half of that monthly average is 650 kWh, so you would be eligible to purchase up to six (6) 100 kWh blocks of solar energy.

 


Signing up is easy. You can:

 


New Lower Community Solar Rates Effective July 16

Thanks to the addition of the second Montgomery Community Solar facility, the Community Solar rate is decreasing for subscribers! We are happy to announce the following new rates, which will be reflected on your next billing statement if you are a current subscriber receiving service through the program:

  • The new residential (1M) rate is $0.1192/kWh
    • This means residential customers now save $1.04 / 100 kWh block by participating in Community Solar in the summer.
  • The new small business (2M) rate is $0.1099/kWh
    • This means small business customers now save $1.91 / 100 kWh block by participating in Community Solar in the summer.

Common FAQs

Each subscribed block of solar energy will be billed monthly at the Community Solar rate. For residential customers, this rate is $0.1192/kWh, which is $11.92 per 100 kWh block. For small business customers (2M), this rate is $0.1099/kWh, which is $10.99 per 100 kWh block. This will be a separate line item on your monthly energy statement as shown in the graphic. The same amount of kWh (number of blocks enrolled times 100 kWh) will be deducted from your monthly usage before your regular rate is applied. 

If you would like more information about statement charges, visit the Understanding Your Statement page. Or contact us at solar@ameren.com to talk with one of our energy experts.

Yes, with the program rate effective July 16, 2022, Community Solar subscribers experience a cost savings in the summer by being enrolled in this program. Residential customers save $1.04 / 100 kWh block, and small business (2M) customers save approximately $1.91 / 100 kWh block, depending on overall usage and charges.

At the present time, compared to the basic electric energy rate, the cost of Community Solar will increase the amount you pay in the winter by approximately $3.11 / 100 kWh block for residential customers and $2.51 / 100 kWh block for small business customers.

If you would like more information about statement charges, visit the Understanding Your Statement page.

Community Solar offers you a more convenient way to help add solar generation to the electric grid and lock the power generation portion of your bill in place so it won’t be subject to future rate increases while you are subscribed.

One great benefit of our program is that the Solar Generation Charge won’t be subject to future rate increases while you are subscribed. The Total Facilities Charge is not associated with the actual solar plant and will continue to be subject to rate adjustments, as will the charges associated with your usage that is not provided through the Community Solar program.

The Community Solar unit (energy center) you subscribe to will go through a construction planning process as subscribers join the program. Once Ameren Missouri formally commits to construction, the options available change. Where the energy center is in this process determines how you can adjust your subscription:

  • Prior to construction commitment, you can adjust your blocks up or down or cancel completely with no restrictions.
  • Once construction commitment occurs, you can adjust your blocks up or down as long as you remain subscribed to a minimum of one (1) – 100 kWh block.
    If you request additional blocks and none are available, your request will be placed on a wait list.
  • At the time of and after construction commitment, you are able to cancel your entire subscription as long as there is a person on the waiting list to take your place or if you move out of the Ameren Missouri service territory.
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