New report says Missouri has grown in solar energy use

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.