In the Solar Partnership Pilot Program, Ameren Missouri would own, operate and maintain photovoltaic solar equipment on a customer’s premises under a long-term lease agreement.

The Missouri Public Service Commission has approved an application filed by Union Electric Company d/b/a Ameren Missouri which grants Ameren Missouri a certificate of convenience and necessity to construct, install, own, operate, maintain and otherwise control and manage various small solar generation facilities at different locations within Ameren Missouri’s service territory as part of a pilot program.

In the Solar Partnership Pilot Program, Ameren Missouri would own, operate and maintain photovoltaic solar equipment on a customer’s premises under a long-term lease agreement. Ameren Missouri would retain and own all electricity and associated renewable benefits from the facility. Effectively, each solar installation would constitute a small Ameren Missouri generating unit interconnected to Ameren Missouri’s electric distribution system. The pilot program involves distributed generation, which is electricity generated by one of a variety of small, grid-connected devices, which can be located throughout the company’s service territory at the distribution level as opposed to the transmission level.

All Ameren Missouri non-residential electric customers in good standing may participate in the pilot program if they have the legal authority to enter into a contractual agreement assigning rights to the company necessary to allow production of electricity on the customer’s premises using photovoltaic solar equipment as a renewable resource.

“In making this decision, the Commission has considered the positions and arguments of all of the parties. After applying the facts to the law to reach its conclusions, the Commission concludes that the substantial and competent evidence in the record supports the conclusion that Ameren Missouri has met, by a preponderance of the evidence, its burden of proof to demonstrate that the pilot program as described in its application for a certificate of convenience and necessity is necessary and convenient for the public service,” said the Commission.

Ameren Missouri anticipates installing three to five facilities through the pilot program, each in range of between 100 kilowatts to 2 megawatts. Ameren Missouri serves approximately 1.26 million electric customers in Missouri.