Powers Solar Frames LLC of Phoenix has been awarded a contract to provide solar ground-mount racking components for Ameren Missouri’s 6.1-MW solar energy facility on a 19 acre site adjacent to the utility’s Belleau substation in St. Charles County. Pending final changes, the project will feature more than 20,000 solar panels, generating enough electricity to power some 650 average size homes in the St. Louis area.
Ameren Missouri, a St. Louis-based corporation that is among the nation’s largest investor-owned electric and gas utilities, selected MC Industrial, an independent McCarthy company, to manage the design and construction of the state’s largest investor-owned solar energy center. Together, Ameren Missouri and MC Industrial awarded Powers Solar Frames the contract to provide the ground-mount racking components for the project.
In discussing their involvement, Powers Steel & Wire Vice President John Powers said, “We are excited to have the opportunity to provide our Solar Frames for this significant project for the St. Louis region. We look forward to working with MC Industrial and Ameren Missouri, as the construction begins and the project comes to fruition.”
In making reference to the fact that the energy community expects continued robust growth in solar electricity and is estimating that utility-scale energy capacity will rise 40 percent by the end of 2015, with photovoltaic capacity accounting for 85 percent of that growth, Powers said, “Strategic relationships such as the one we have developed with Ameren Missouri and MC Industrial demonstrates the viability and cost effectiveness of our solar frames.” Powers also noted, “The growth of solar development will be significant and exponential moving forward. We are proud to be at the forefront of this growth with projects such as this.”
— Solar Builder magazine