Frequently asked questions about the Community Solar program.
What is Community Solar?
Community Solar is an increasingly popular option for deploying solar technology. Our Community Solar program allows eligible customers who do not have a sufficient solar resource, who rent their homes, or who are otherwise unable or unwilling to install solar on their residences or commercial buildings, to subscribe to blocks of a shared solar system at a predetermined rate. No rooftop is needed.
What is a block of solar energy and how many blocks of Community Solar can I buy?
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, then you may purchase six (6) – 100 kWh blocks of solar energy.
Can I increase or decrease the amount of Community Solar blocks I purchase?
You may increase your solar energy blocks at any time if there are blocks available. If there are no blocks available, you will join the wait list for more blocks. Prior to the Community Solar energy center being committed to construction, you can adjust your blocks up or down or cancel completely. Once the Community Solar energy center is committed to construction, you can adjust your blocks up or down as long as you are subscribed to a minimum of one (1) – 100 kWh block.
Is there a required time commitment for participation in the Community Solar program or can I cancel at any time?
There is a 24 -month minimum commitment for at least one (1) - 100 kilowatt-hour (kWh) block of solar energy once the Community Solar energy center is committed to construction. The 24-month commitment period begins with the first energy statement that includes the energy charge for Community Solar. Prior to the Community Solar energy center being committed to construction, you can adjust your blocks up or down or cancel completely. Once the Community Solar energy center begins construction, you can adjust your blocks up or down as long as you are subscribed to a minimum of one (1) – 100 kWh block. You are unable to cancel your entire subscription unless there is a person on the waiting list to take your place, or you move out of the Ameren Missouri service territory.
How much energy is expected to be produced for this Community Solar project?
The solar energy center is expected to be about 1 Megawatt in size. The annual production from the energy center will be approximately 1.36 million kilowatt-hours of energy, which is enough to power more than 100 homes for a year.
How is Community Solar different from Ameren Missouri's Pure Power program?
Community Solar allows eligible customers to purchase energy associated with a solar installation in the Ameren Missouri service territory. Pure Power allows customers to purchase Renewable Energy Credits that support the development of renewable resources in the Midwest.