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Ameren Missouri announced Thursday the company will expand its Community Solar program, which was just approved by the Missouri Public Service Commission.

The Community Solar program allows residential and small business customers to participate in Missouri-based solar generation without installing or maintaining private solar panels on their properties. Through the program, customers can sign up to purchase 100 kilowatt-hour blocks of solar energy generated at Ameren Missouri's Community Solar facilities. No matter when a subscriber joins the program, Ameren officials said, everyone's price will be the same.

Interested customers are encouraged to sign up to reserve their chance to participate in a second Ameren Missouri Community Solar program. The company plans to seek PSC approval in the coming months to build that facility.

In 2019, Ameren Missouri customers took all of the available energy produced at the state's first Community Solar facility located near St. Louis Lambert International Airport. Based on subscription levels, those customers may be able to increase their commitment to renewable energy. Current subscribers from all across the state can check their eligibility by logging into their Ameren Missouri account.

The Community Solar program is part of Ameren Missouri's Smart Energy Plan, which Ameren officials said includes thousands of infrastructure projects throughout the state to upgrade the energy grid to a smarter, cleaner and stronger system for customers.

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