Creve Coeur wins Community Renewable Energy Project of the Year

Ameren Missouri’s Pure Power Program is proud to announce that the community of Creve Coeur was awarded Community Renewables Project of the Year by Interstate Renewable Energy Council (iREC) at Solar Power International. The award, won through popular vote, recognizes achievement in the advancement of renewable energy use, through an innovative approach by a community. This milestone was reached through a successful community challenge completed in 2013,“My heartfelt congratulations to the citizens and businesses in our community,” says Creve Coeur Mayor Barry L. Glantz. “This is a wonderful achievement, one that we can be proud of and continue to build on for years to come.”

Upon completion of the challenge, the city of Creve Coeur became the second EPA Green Power Community in Missouri, and the fifth in the Midwest. In order to receive this designation, the community needed to offset three percent of community-wide energy use through renewable energy sources. The city surpassed the challenge requirement by offsetting 3.77 percent of the community’s energy use with renewable energy.

Residents and businesses participated in the challenge by enrolling in Ameren Missouri’s Pure Power program, or any other renewable energy certificate program, or by installing solar panels on their property through Microgrid Solar or any other solar provider. Collectively to date, the businesses and residents of Creve Coeur are supporting 15,390,128 kWh of green energy annually. That’s equivalent to 10,612 metric tons or 23,396,068 lbs of CO2. That much CO2 is like taking 2,234 cars off road. An outstanding 160 homes and 10 businesses are purchasing renewable energy certificates, while 26 homes and 10 businesses installed solar panels on their property.”I am thrilled that so many stakeholders in our City came together to meet this goal – making this truly a community-wide effort and achievement” said Glantz.

About the Award
The iREC 3iAwards for Innovation, Ingenuity and Inspiration are annual awards that honor the nation’s best in both renewable energy and energy efficiency. The awards were announced at the 2014 Solar Power International Conference in Las Vegas, NV. Award winners are determined by popular vote.

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