Ameren Missouri, an energy solutions and utilities company, recently announced plans to buy a 200-megawatt solar installation in central Missouri, known as the Huck Finn Solar Project. The new facility is expected to produce enough energy to power about 40,000 homes and will create more than 250 new jobs.
“Developing Huck Finn is good for all of our customers because it provides clean electricity, creates economic opportunity and injects millions of dollars into the community over the life of the project, which will have widespread additional benefits,” said Mark Birk, Chairman and President of Ameren Missouri.
The new facility is designed to generate more than 25 times the energy of Missouri’s largest current solar facility.
Ameren announced last week that it would accelerate its net-zero carbon emissions goal to 2045, moved up five years from an earlier goal of 2050. The company in 2020 pledged to spend about $7.5 billion to add 4,700 megawatts of renewable generation by 2040, including about $4.3 billion to add 2,800 megawatts of clean wind and solar generation by 2030.
“We’re focused on the two items customers say are most important to them: reliability and affordability,” Birk said. “The thoughtfully planned additions of renewable generation over time keeps the grid reliable and resilient while also managing costs.”