Below are some of our most frequently asked questions about solar energy:
Is solar electric cheaper than Ameren Missouri electricity?
The average Ameren Missouri customer pays about $0.10 a kWh. Solar installed is roughly $0.20 to $0.50 a kWh and requires maintenance, which is the responsibility of the homeowner.
How much maintenance is involved with a solar installation?
This will depend on the equipment installed for the entire system. Periodically, you will need to clean the surface of a solar panel with water to remove any accumulation of dirt, grime or bird droppings. The industry generally agrees that inverters have about a 10 year life.
What is net metering?
Net metering allows customers of an electric distribution company to generate their own electricity in order to offset their electricity usage. Net metering can lower a customer’s electricity bill by reducing the amount of electricity the customer must buy from the distribution company. Net metering also allows customers to be compensated for any electricity they generate but do not use. The first step, before installing any equipment, is to contact Ameren.