As states offer more and more renewable energy tax incentives, small businesses are seeking to take advantage of the situation by getting into the renewable energy business. But, depending on the business' location, the difference between each state's incentives can be dramatic.
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Since the 2004 passage of Amendment 37, Colorado has created a vibrant solar energy market spurring nearly $1 billion in clean tech investment, deploying 200 megawatts of solar, and creating thousands of quality jobs at more than 400 Colorado solar companies.
The numbers don't lie - 2011 was a banner year for solar energy in America as consumers saw the cost of installing solar drop by 20 percent in just a single year.
Brendan O'Connor, born in Ireland, says he found a pot of gold on the sunny roof of his West Boylston Street restaurant when he installed 32 solar panels there four years ago.
Six states got 10 percent or more of their power from wind, solar and geothermal power in 2011. That's double the number from just a year ago. Not bad for a down year. CleanEdge released its State Clean Energy Index on Wednesday, tallying up the state of green energy and technology across the 50 states of the union as of the end of 2011.