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East St. Louis residents frustrated with lack of transparency with incoming solar plant

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) – East St. Louis officials and Ameren Illinois officials held a groundbreaking Tuesday for a 17-acre, $10.2 million solar plant, but some residents who live in the neighborhood told News 4 they weren’t aware of the project.

The site will be to the west of the East St. Louis High School, and power 500 homes, according to Ameren Illinois.

Resident Mary Randle lives a few hundred yards from the site and wasn’t aware of the project until News 4 told her.

“It’s so many ways to inform the public these days and they dropped the ball on that,” Randle said.

She doubts her neighbors know about the project.

Both East St. Louis and Ameren told News 4 there was no formal public input session, but the school district, nearby churches and businesses were notified.

“We’re taking a once blighted piece of land and turn it into a bright,” said Robert Eastern III, mayor of East St. Louis.

“I think it will help. I think the solar would do a lot,” said one former East St. Louis resident, who goes by Ms. Johnson. “I know that East St. Louis is going to come back one day. It’s going come back.”

Ameren plans to have the solar farm operational by late 2022 or early 2023.

Ameren encourage residents to contact its customer service line at 800-755-5000 with any question and East St. Louis city leaders.

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2022-03-01 19:39:00

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