According to recent research by Sunrun and PV Solar Report, the California home solar market has grown by 80 percent this year. The report identifies increased solar adoption in more cities as one of the major reasons for the spike in statewide solar projects.
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As summer beckons, it seems Americans are thinking more about the stifling cost of energy than about making tracks to the beach.
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.
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.
Arizona ranks third in the nation in terms of solar system installation, according to the 2011 U.S. Solar Market Insight Report from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), Governor Jan Brewer announced March 22.
The San Luis Valley, already home to three solar power plants, could soon become the site of a sprawling 6,200-acre solar complex - a facility that would generate three times as much electricity as the other plants combined.
Tucked away just to the east of the on-post neighborhood it'll soon help power, four gravelly acres have been claimed by about 3,000 solar panels.
There is a bill that would limit the Arizona Corporation Commission's power to regulate renewable energy.
There are at least a dozen major ways to turn sunlight into electricity, but one of the more interesting is using a field of mirrors to focus the sun's energy on a "power tower" where the heat is captured and used later to spin a turbine and turn a generator.