Community Solar Farm Under Construction in Southwest Missouri

(St. Louis, Missouri) Burns & McDonnell, a Missouri-based architecture, engineering and construction firm, has broken ground on Liberty Utilities – Empire District’s Prosperity Community Solar installation, the first such renewable generation program in southwest Missouri.

“Burns & McDonnell and our direct-hire construction arm, AZCO, have a long history of working with Liberty Utilities,” said Doug Riedel, Burns & McDonnell’s Senior Vice President for Renewable Generation. “We are honored to be Liberty’s contractor for the Prosperity Solar project and look forward to helping the utility develop and construct additional community solar and renewable projects in the future.”

Comprising more than 5,500 bifacial photovoltaic panels, the 2-MW installation represents one of the utility’s first steps toward its 17-year integrated resource plan, which calls for the planned replacement of a coal-fired power plant with a combination of solar, wind, battery storage, and distributed resource investments.

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