US demand for wind, solar and other renewables jumped in the last 12 months in response to falling installation costs, government incentives, and mandates from states for the adoption of increasing proportions of renewables in the energy mix.

While these top picks for renewables development do no necessarily reflect amount of projects or dollars invested, they give a sense of where the renewables sector is headed.

Breaking Energy has been running a series of various industry Top Fives, which call be found with the image (top) and the ‘Top5′ tag. See the others top fives: Energy Law Firms, Energy Regulators, International Energy Partnerships, Clean Energy VCs And Principals, DOE Recovery Act Loans, Electric Vehicle Partnerships, Marcellus Developments, Oil-Company Backed Renewable Energy Ventures, Solar Projects, and Energy Legislators.