Ameren set to build large solar farm in central Missouri

Ameren Missouri has agreed to terms to build a large solar farm in central Missouri. 

The project, known as the Huck Finn Solar Project, is set to be built on the border of Audrain and Ralls counties in central Missouri, and will produce 200 megawatts of energy. 

The farm is expected to provide power to over 40,000 homes and create over 250 jobs during construction. Plans show that Huck Finn will be 25 times larger than the next-largest solar farm in Missouri, and is expected to begin producing energy as early as 2024.

“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,” Chairman and President of Ameren Missouri Mark Birk said in a press release.

“In the coming months, we anticipate taking more steps to demonstrate Ameren Missouri’s commitment to clean energy generation,” Ajay Arora, chief renewable development officer at Ameren Missouri, said in a press release. 

In addition to the Huck Finn project, Ameren announced the construction of a solar farm in Southern Illinois earlier this year. Plans have been delayed for some time due to supply chain issues, but the company expects the issues to be sorted out by the time construction is underway.

These plans align with Ameren’s ongoing commitment to transition from coal to alternative energy sources. In addition to solar power, Ameren also is planning to build a natural gas plant within the next decade. 

Terms and financial details of the plan are yet to be released. 

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