I grew up in the western suburbs and moved to New Mexico 30-plus years ago. I was back to Chicago last month and caught the article on electrical infrastructure not allowing the solar potential of the desert Southwest to be fully realized.
Here's what I think: Why don't you generate your own darn electricity? Those of us in the Southwest didn't move here to see mile after mile of transmission lines, or to see the vast open areas paved with solar panels!
ComEd or whatever they are called now was smart enough to put nuclear plants near Chicago back in the 1970s. Adding one more of them would do more good than 100 square miles of solar panels (especially at night), and you could look at it yourselves, not those of us more than 1,000 miles away.