Missouri State Sponsored Incentives
In mid-2007, the Missouri legislature launched the Green Power Initiative. Most noteworthy among the initiative’s objectives is a mandate requiring that 11% of the state’s energy to come from renewable sources by 2020. The Public Services Commission will choose the sources. While biomass will likely be the primary source, solar will play an increasing role.
2008 is the first year for Missouri’s net-metering rules, which were established by the same bill (Bill 54) that launched the Green Power Initiative. The rules require utilities to purchase any excess power generated from renewable-energy systems up to 100kW in size. The transaction credits the system owner’s account for the subsequent billing cycle. Unfortunately, however, the rules don’t oblige utilities to extend purchase agreements beyond a year.
For solar water heaters, a small but helpful state-wide rebate program covers $500 for each installation.
By way of utility programs, AmerenUE sponsors a PV rebate program covering $2 per installed watt up to a maximum of $50,000. Columbia Water and Light has a similar program covering a generous $5 per installed watt for PV systems and $400-$800 toward new solar hot water systems. Finally, Kansas City Power and Light covers $2 per installed watt for PV systems up to $50,000.