Evergy Builds Largest Solar Subscription Installation in Missouri

Evergy’s Hawthorn power plant is now home to 10 MW of new solar energy. From the array, 5 MW will serve customers who selected to participate in Evergy’s Solar Subscription program, an additional megawatt will serve participants in an income-qualified subscription program for Missouri customers and the remaining 4 MW will serve all Evergy Missouri customers. In the future, the 4 MW will transition to the future needs of Missouri West and Missouri Metro Solar Subscription participants to meet demand for future customer enrollment in the program. T&D World

More than 100 new jobs coming to Nevada, Missouri

Windows and doors maker Peerless Products, Inc., says it is expanding and adding jobs in Nevada, Missouri. The company says the three-and-a-half million-dollar expansion will create 111 new jobs. Peerless says the growth will increase the company’s production capacity at its existing Nevada facility used for warehousing, manufacturing, and research and development. Newstalkkzrg.com

Ameren Missouri plans to acquire its largest-ever solar facility to power thousands of homes

Today Ameren Missouri, a subsidiary of Ameren Corporation (NYSE: AEE), takes another important step toward bringing more renewable energy to customers by announcing the planned acquisition of the company’s largest-ever solar facility, a 200 megawatt (MW) solar installation in central Missouri that is expected to create more than 250 construction jobs. The facility will be acquired pursuant to a build-transfer agreement with EDF Renewables, a company with a longstanding track record of developing and building renewable energy facilities. Known as the Huck Finn Solar Project, it is planned to be constructed on the border of Missouri’s Audrain and Ralls counties. yahoo.com

Teachers and counselors take a class in St. Louis jobs that don’t require a 4-year degree

St. Louis teachers and counselors are spending this week learning about in-demand jobs at companies across the St. Louis region, with the intent of passing the information along to their students. It’s part of an effort to get students interested in industries that currently have workforce shortages. Many of the jobs that are being highlighted are in the skilled trades and do not require a four-year degree. The group went to Ameren, Spire, BJC, T. Rex and other employers. stlpublicradio.org

Arlee Home Fashions expands in West Plains, opening second manufacturing facility and adding up to 80 new jobs

Arlee Home Fashions, a manufacturer of decorative home fashion and pet products, announced today that it will expand in West Plains, investing up to $300,000 and creating up to 80 new jobs. For 30 years, Arlee has maintained a presence in West Plains and is now expanding locally to further its manufacturing capabilities and meet growing needs of the home and pet markets.

“We’re excited to see Arlee Home Fashions growing and creating jobs in West Plains, which will benefit the local community for years to come,” said Governor Mike Parson. “Arlee’s commitment to a local workforce means more Missourians will help manufacture quality products found in stores across the country. We congratulate the community of West Plains on this great news and look forward to the company’s continued success.”


Missouri S&T to break ground on Innovation Lab

A groundbreaking ceremony for the 50,000-square-foot Innovation Lab at Missouri University of Science and Technology will begin at 8 a.m. Thursday, April 21, directly south of the Havener Center on the Missouri S&T campus in Rolla. The campus community and the public are invited. The event will also be livestreamed for those who are unable to attend in person.

When completed, the Innovation Lab will serve as a home for student innovation, creativity and discovery, says Missouri S&T Chancellor Mo Dehghani.

“From its inception, the Innovation Lab has been designed to foster a level of technological innovation, possibility thinking and interdisciplinary collaboration that is truly transformational,” says Dehghani. “The Innovation Lab will be a place where our students come together to acquire the knowledge and insights that will equip them to have a meaningful impact in a rapidly evolving global economy. The building is a testament to the commitment we made to Fred and June Kummer to infuse the S&T educational experience with entrepreneurial thinking.”