The first experimental solar power plant was in 1902, in Olney. It was built by H.E. Willsie and John Boyle, and was based on a design by Charles Tellier. In 1904 they set up the Willsie Sun company in St. Louis that built a 6 horsepower motor.
In 2010 the country’s largest urban solar array, 10 MW, was installed in West Pullman, on Chicago’s south side.
President Lincoln made his home in Springfield. Its located in downtown and has been fully restored to its 1860 appearance. President Lincoln and his wife Mary lived there for 17 years. They bought it in 1844 for $1,200.
Peoria had a reputation and being rather ordinary and mundane over the years and thus lead to the catch phrase “Will it play in Peoria” meaning will a product or service appeal to the average citizen.