Missouri renewable energy development is stalled

3 years 2 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, July 20 2016 Jul 20, 2016 Wednesday, July 20, 2016 10:00:00 AM CDT July 20, 2016 in News
By: Sasha Sander, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA- Solar proponents say unneeded regulations and a lack of advanced renewable technology keep renewable energy from growing. 

Right now Berlin, Germany is the leading city in the world for solar energy.

Deputy Director of Renew Missouri Mark Walter said, "Missouri has between four to five average sunlight hours a day and Germany is between 3 and 4. They have way more solar installed than Missouri."

Walter said, the difference between Germany and Missouri is that the policies in Missouri do not favor retail renewable energy companies. "Missouri's net metering cap, so how big of a system can you install... it's at a hundred kilo watts which is kind of small. For most residents that's fine but for businesses, they would like to see that cap go up to about 1 megawatt or 2 megawatts even. So 10 to 20 times the current size limit." 

For several years, renewable energy organizations including Renew Missouri have worked to get those policies changed. So far the organizations have failed to get that adjustment.

Walter believes the change is yet to happen because, "Utilities are very popular within our state and most of them are really against changing solar policy... Utilities make money by selling more energy so when you decide to go solar and you ar using less energy, ultimately the utility loses money."

"It's the rural cooperatives like Boone Electric that sometimes especially in the state capitol are more abstinent to change." said Walter.

However, Boone Electric Cooperative plans to provide solar energy to those wanting it starting in August.

Manager of Member Services at Boone Electric Cooperative Chris Rohlfing said, "if solar energy was cheaper, we would have been the first ones to do it. The sun may be free but the panels cost a lot of money."

Also, Rohlfing said, "Solar energy cannot be stored for later, which means it's not a substitute for conventional electrical generation."

Find more information about solar energy from your renewable energy providers:

Missouri Sun Solar, Renew Missouri, Boone Electric Cooperative, City of Columbia Water and Light, Dogwood Solar, Energy Link, Pure Energy Solutions, PCS Electronics, Solar Energy Industries Association, Ameren 

More News

Grid
List
ROCHEPORT - The Missouri Department of Natural Resources said the number of people using the Katy Trail is down by... More >>
4 hours ago Sunday, October 13 2019 Oct 13, 2019 Sunday, October 13, 2019 3:08:00 PM CDT October 13, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The CDC began monitoring the 2019-2020 flu season this weekend. And doctors are urging people to get their... More >>
4 hours ago Sunday, October 13 2019 Oct 13, 2019 Sunday, October 13, 2019 2:55:00 PM CDT October 13, 2019 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA — Six Columbia churches had their first Sunday service with improved emergency health precautions on Oct. 13. The... More >>
5 hours ago Sunday, October 13 2019 Oct 13, 2019 Sunday, October 13, 2019 2:00:00 PM CDT October 13, 2019 in News
HARSTBURG – Celebrating another fall season with pumpkin carving, hayrides and a straw maze, the 28th annual Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival... More >>
11 hours ago Sunday, October 13 2019 Oct 13, 2019 Sunday, October 13, 2019 8:00:00 AM CDT October 13, 2019 in News
TOKYO (AP) — A heavy downpour and strong winds pounded Tokyo and surrounding areas on Saturday as a powerful typhoon... More >>
23 hours ago Saturday, October 12 2019 Oct 12, 2019 Saturday, October 12, 2019 8:03:00 PM CDT October 12, 2019 in News
LILBOURN, Mo. (AP) — A small earthquake has been reported in southeastern Missouri. The U.S. Geological Survey says... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, October 12 2019 Oct 12, 2019 Saturday, October 12, 2019 7:41:00 PM CDT October 12, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — One person died after a crash in Cooper County Saturday morning. Haven Pennington, 19, drove her Pontiac... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, October 12 2019 Oct 12, 2019 Saturday, October 12, 2019 4:55:00 PM CDT October 12, 2019 in News
There is 5:40 left in the game. North Kansas City's Ronaldo Calderon kicks a field goal to give the... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, October 12 2019 Oct 12, 2019 Saturday, October 12, 2019 12:36:00 PM CDT October 12, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY — The dome of the Missouri Capitol building will be lit pink in honor of breast cancer... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, October 12 2019 Oct 12, 2019 Saturday, October 12, 2019 12:08:00 PM CDT October 12, 2019 in News
HARTSBURG - The Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival announced parking will be moved to the river roads near the festival grounds. ... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, October 12 2019 Oct 12, 2019 Saturday, October 12, 2019 5:50:44 AM CDT October 12, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A Columbia man is behind bars after a search warrant turned up illegal drugs and and a firearm.... More >>
1 day ago Friday, October 11 2019 Oct 11, 2019 Friday, October 11, 2019 10:07:00 PM CDT October 11, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Below are scores from football games around mid-Missouri. Final scores are in bold. ... More >>
2 days ago Friday, October 11 2019 Oct 11, 2019 Friday, October 11, 2019 6:39:00 PM CDT October 11, 2019 in Friday Night Fever
COLUMBIA - Friday Night Fever’s Week 7 Game of the Week features an interesting game between a traveling Rockhurst (3-3)... More >>
2 days ago Friday, October 11 2019 Oct 11, 2019 Friday, October 11, 2019 6:10:00 PM CDT October 11, 2019 in Friday Night Fever
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department is asking for the public’s help locating 28-year-old Mengqi Ji Elledge. Elledge was... More >>
2 days ago Friday, October 11 2019 Oct 11, 2019 Friday, October 11, 2019 4:38:00 PM CDT October 11, 2019 in News
NEW FLORENCE - The Missouri State Highway Patrol awarded Randy Nordman and his widow Julie Nordman with the department's highest... More >>
2 days ago Friday, October 11 2019 Oct 11, 2019 Friday, October 11, 2019 3:52:00 PM CDT October 11, 2019 in News
CALIFORNIA - The Moniteau County Sheriff’s Office and the California Police Department made contact with people in two vehicles that... More >>
2 days ago Friday, October 11 2019 Oct 11, 2019 Friday, October 11, 2019 1:59:00 PM CDT October 11, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - University of Missouri Chancellor, Alexander Cartwright, gave the 2019 State of the University Address on Friday, speaking about... More >>
2 days ago Friday, October 11 2019 Oct 11, 2019 Friday, October 11, 2019 1:34:00 PM CDT October 11, 2019 in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY - Ten men who have only known recent life in prison are now a step closer to success... More >>
2 days ago Friday, October 11 2019 Oct 11, 2019 Friday, October 11, 2019 12:46:00 PM CDT October 11, 2019 in Top Stories
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 58°
8pm 54°
9pm 52°
10pm 50°
11pm 49°