Since launching a few weeks ago, Ameren Missouri’s Community Solar program has generated significant customer interest.

With the program more than 85 percent subscribed, customers interested in participating are urged to sign up now.

The voluntary program allows residential and small business customers to support, and benefit from, solar energy without installing a single panel on their roof.

“We’ve had a positive response from customers looking to enroll for up to half of their average annual energy use from this clean energy source. For those still thinking about joining in with their neighbors, now’s the time to act,” said Matt Forck, assistant vice president of community, economic development and energy solutions at Ameren Missouri.

Customers can visit AmerenMissouri.com/CommunitySolar to enroll. A new, one-megawatt solar facility, to be built just north of St. Louis Lambert International Airport, will supply the energy. Panels could be in service as soon as next summer.

Forck said the program is something customers have asked for, particularly those who want to take part in generating renewable energy but rent their home, live in an area with large trees and shading issues, or are looking for other options to avoid the up-front costs of private solar.

“This program is designed specifically for customers who believe in renewable energy and want to support its growth in Missouri. We know there is great support for solar energy in the state,” Forck added.

Ameren Missouri is committed to increasing the amount of renewable solar and wind energy available to customers. In the next few years, Ameren Missouri will be adding a significant amount of clean resources onto the grid.

“Community Solar is yet another way Ameren Missouri is making the transition to cleaner generation in a responsible fashion with a goal of cutting carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050,” Forck said.

As soon as this project is fully enrolled, Ameren Missouri will begin construction. If the final subscriptions come in the next few weeks, the facility could be up and running by summer. Both Community Solar and Pure Power are voluntary, renewable energy programs offered by Ameren Missouri. Learn more at AmerenMissouri.com/CleanEnergyPrograms.

Ameren Missouri has been providing electric and gas service for more than 100 years, and the company’s electric rates are among the lowest in the nation. Ameren Missouri’s mission is to power the quality of life for its 1.2 million electric and 130,000 natural gas customers in central and eastern Missouri.

The company’s service area covers 64 counties and more than 500 communities, including the greater St. Louis area.