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Energy
2:54 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

NAACP Report Calls For Bolstered Renewable Energy Production

Credit (Missouri Solar Energy Industry Association)

(Updated at 10:25 p.m. on Thursday)

A report from the NAACP says Missouri should increase production of renewable power and require utilities to offer energy efficiency programs. 

Accomplishing those goals, the report says, could provide better health, cheaper utility bills and more manufacturing jobs in the state’s urban core.

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Business
4:58 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Ameren To Build Solar Energy Center

Artist's rendering of Ameren's planned solar energy center in O'Fallon.
(Courtesy of Ameren Missouri)

Ameren is planning to add solar power to its energy portfolio.

The utility announced Monday it will begin construction of a solar energy center in O’Fallon, Mo., this spring. Ameren says the 20-acre site will be the largest investor-owned solar plant in the state.

Officials estimate it will produce 5.7 megawatts, or enough to power 650 homes a year.

CEO and President Warner Baxter acknowledges that’s just a tiny slice of the power generated by Ameren, which serves 1.2 million customers.

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Solar Aircraft
4:15 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Solar Plane To Depart St. Louis For Cincinnati Friday Morning

Solar Impulse will be making an additional stop in Cincinnati, Ohio (not shown).
(via Solar Impulse)

A solar powered airplane that landed in St. Louis last Tuesday is scheduled to depart early tomorrow morning [Friday].

This will be the 4th leg of the aircraft’s cross-continental flight.

Solar Impulse was originally scheduled to fly directly from St. Louis to Washington DC. But because of strong winds the plane will make an additional stop in Cincinnati to allow the team to rest and switch pilots.

The plane’s 12,000 solar cells power it by day while recharging batteries that allow it to fly at night.

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Solar Aircraft
11:58 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Watch An Interview At 5,000 Feet (And Climbing) From Within A Solar-Powered Plane

Solar Impulse’s pilot Bertrand Piccard prepares for the flight from Dallas to St. Louis and says farewell to pilot on the ground André Borschberg.
Credit (via Solar Impulse)

Updated 3:13 p.m. June 4  with landing   

A one-of-a-kind airplane is en route from Dallas to St. Louis Lambert International Airport. It’s an aircraft called Solar Impulse and it derives all of its power from the sun.

The plane began its cross-continental journey in early May, traveling from San Francisco to Phoenix.

It’s due to arrive in St. Louis around 1 a.m. Tuesday, and our science reporter, Véronique LaCapra, spoke with the Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard earlier today as he was flying the plane.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:45 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Expanding Solar Energy Use And The Nation’s First ‘Active House’

Missouri Solar Energy Industry Association

The use of alternative energies such as solar and wind is not new though advancements in technology and conversations about the effects of climate change are ongoing.

Many communities, including some in the St. Louis area, are making a big commitment to going green and utilizing solar energy with the encouragement of the Environmental Protection Agency.  The Green Power Community Challenge includes Clayton and Creve Coeur.

Host Don Marsh led a discussion about the commercial and residential use of solar energy.

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Solar Aircraft
5:04 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

St. Louis Selected As Midwest Stop For Solar-Powered Aircraft

via Solar Impulse

St. Louis will be a pit stop for the first solar-powered flight across America. It was announced Tuesday that Lambert Airport is one of five airports selected for Solar Impulse's cross-country flight.

"We are the city forever linked to Charles Lindbergh nearly 90 years ago," St. Louis mayor Francis Slay said. "This year we recognize that there are new milestones and advances to witness, and St. Louis will be part of that inspiring story."

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Renewable Energy
10:40 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Appeals Court Upholds Mo. Renewable Energy Rules

Missouri Solar Energy Industry Association

A state appeals court has upheld regulations implementing Missouri’s renewable energy standard.


Kevin Gunn chairs the Missouri Public Service Commission, the state regulatory agency that developed the regulations (4 CSR 240-20.100).

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Solar Energy
4:50 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

Mo. solar energy companies call to extend federal renewable energy tax grant

This array of solar panels on top of a building helps power the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis.
(via Facebook/Missouri Solar Energy Industries Association)

Missouri solar energy companies are calling for Congress to extend a federal tax grant for renewable energy.

The 1603 Treasury Program lets solar, wind, and other renewable energy developers take an existing 30 percent tax credit as a cash grant, instead.

The executive director of the Missouri Solar Energy Industries Association, Heidi Schoen, says the tax grant program has driven investment in renewable energy projects nationwide.

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Renewable energy lawsuit
6:37 pm
Thu July 28, 2011

Cole Co. judge sets aside own ruling banning solar rebates in Mo.

(Missouri Solar Energy Industry Association)

A Cole County judge has set aside his earlier ruling that declared solar rebates in Missouri to be unconstitutional.

The rebates were part of a renewable energy ballot initiative passed by Missouri voters in 2008.

Circuit Judge Daniel Green’s initial ruling in June stated that the $2 per-watt solar rebate was essentially a seizure of private property from St. Louis-based Ameren Missouri.  But he has temporarily vacated that ruling to allow other interested parties to file briefs in the case.

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Moonrise Hotel
4:00 pm
Thu April 28, 2011

Moonrise Hotel's lunar sign to run on solar source

The moon sitting atop the Moonrise Hotel on the Delmar Loop in St. Louis will soon be illuminated by solar power.
(via Flickr/Michael R. Allen)

Solar panels will soon help brighten the night a little in the Delmar Loop in St. Louis.

The Moonrise Hotel announced today that they'll be installing solar panels to power not only the illumination and rotation of the moon perched atop its building, but also operations in the Rooftop Terrace Bar.