If you browse through the U.S. Solar Industry's 2009 year in review, you won't find Illinois in the top ten in cumulative solar capacity. Governor Pat Quinn is trying to change that.
Two pieces of legislation that could advance solar energy in Illinois currently rest on Governor Pat Quinn's desk, awaiting signature.
One of the largest electric utilities in Illinois and Missouri has officially launched a large-scale solar initiative. Ameren Corporation will begin by installing solar panels at two sites, one at the headquarters in St Louis and one at an existing Ameren Illinois Utilities facility. But these systems will be small potatoes in comparison to the plans Ameren has in mind if the first phase of planning and design produces viable large-scale solar projects, and if these pilot projects show promise, according to the press release. Designs for projects will be completed by April, and phase one installation should be complete by fall 2010.