Posted: Aug 7, 2014 5:28 AM by Jeffrey Militzer, KOMU 8 Reporter
Updated: Aug 7, 2014 8:34 AM
COLUMBIA - A new report from Environment Missouri shows Missouri more than tripled its growth in solar energy in 2013.
P.J. Wilson, executive director of Environment Missouri, said Missouri's solar policies are allowing it to increase solar growth.
"Missouri's gone from a laggard state to a leading state in rooftop solar in the last few years because of the policies enacted by the state legislature and the initiative petition process," Wilson said in a news release.
A major barrier to further expansion of solar use is the cost to set up solar panels. To facilitate expansion, the report advises states and cities to offer incentives to homes and businesses, such as tax credits, rebates, and/or grants.
For homeowners, paying for 20 years worth of electricity is not particularly easy, especially if the homeowner is unsure if they will stay at the residence for the full 20 years, according to the report. In this instance, the report advises going through a third party organization, outside of the homeowner or business, to bear the upfront costs. Then the homeowner or business owner could use the solar panels under a lease with the third party organization that owns them.
Columbia's Solar One allows businesses and residents to purchase blocks of solar power for $3.35 per 100 kilowatts per hour. Only Columbia Water & Light customers can sign up for solar energy through Solar One. If you would like to install your own solar panels on your home, you can contact Water & Light for a low interest loan or rebate.
Posted 6:52 PM 11/28/2015 by The Associated Press
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri lawmakers are set to question officials in Gov. Jay Nixon's administration on how the state spends money to help refugees.
The Legislature recently set the Monday hearing in response to deadly attacks in Paris and criticism of Nixon's decision not to (More)
Posted 4:38 PM 11/28/2015 by Emma Balkenbush, KOMU 8 Reporter
JEFFERSON CITY - Natasha Johnson started the group, Show Me-Just and Caring Communities, in 2013 and is now beginning to develop the group further.
Johnson started the anti-bully group with another parent after learning about a middle school student who had committed suicide after (More)
Posted 3:29 PM 11/28/2015 by Taylor Stevens, KOMU 8 Reporter
BOONE COUNTY - The Missouri State Highway patrol arrested the man responsible for two high speed chases in Boone and Audrain counties Saturday afternoon.
The Boone County Sheriff's Department said the initial call reported a suspicious incident, in which the suspect knocked on the (More)
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Posted 2:18 PM 11/28/2015 by The Associated Press
SEDALIA (AP) — The cause of a fire that destroyed three Sedalia homes on Thanksgiving Day isn't known.
Sedalia Fire Department Battalion Chief Matt Irwin says the cause couldn't be determined because of "the complexity of the house." The Sedalia Democrat reports that heavy smoke (More)
Posted 1:00 PM 11/28/2015 by Taylor Stevens, KOMU 8 Reporter
JEFFERSON CITY - Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest in terms of drivers on the road, but about 29 million of those vehicles aren't equipped with a spare tire. New data from AAA shows that more than one third of 2015 vehicles on the road are missing spare tires. In most of those (More)
Posted 4:19 AM 11/28/2015 by The Associated Press
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Governor's Mansion is about to look a little more festive.
The Christmas trees that will adorn the Jefferson City mansion are arriving Monday morning. The outside tree is a 30-foot Norway spruce that came from the yard of a Washington resident. Also (More)
Posted 2:58 PM 11/27/2015 by Nick Komisar & Amy Money, KOMU 8 Reporters
COLUMBIA - The moment the MU football team announced on Twitter that it wasn't going to play until former UM Systems President Tim Wolfe resigned, the Concerned Student 1950 movement was thrust into the national spotlight. A photo was tweeted by some members of the team locking arms, with (More)
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Posted 1:52 PM 11/27/2015 by The Associated Press
BRANSON (AP) — Authorities say deputies have killed a man who shot his wife and pointed a handgun at the deputies.
KOLR-TV reports that 58-year-old Rick Gullickson was killed early Friday at a home in southern Stone County. The Stone County Sheriff's Department said (More)