Over 90 percent of Americans want solar…now!
In October of 2010, the annual SCHOTT Solar Barometer ™, a national poll powered by Kelton research, showed that the vast majority of Americans overwhelmingly support development and funding of solar energy.
According to the poll, 94 percent of Americans believe it’s important for the US to develop and use solar energy. What’s more, these sentiments were echoed across all political party affiliations! Experts at SEIA® say it’s a stance that Americans have held steadily for nearly four years, with 92 percent in the August 2009 SCHOTT Solar Barometer™ and 94 percent in June of 2008!
Other findings include…..
- Nearly half (49 percent) of Americans considering solar power options for their home or business planned to make a decision within the year.
- Nearly half (49 percent) of Americans indicated they would be willing to pay more for solar energy. (In fact, the cost of solar is already comparable with traditional fossil fuel options in several markets, and that cost continues to drop with industry growth!)
- More than half (51 percent) of Americans said they would choose a job in the solar industry if they were to start working in the renewable energy sector. This was significantly more than any other emerging energy industry, beating out wind (20 percent), geothermal (9 percent), biofuels (9 percent) and hydropower (8 percent).
Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, said, “The message from the public is very clear - WE WANT MORE SOLAR ENERGY! According to this poll, solar energy is more popular than puppy dogs or ice cream. It is time for policymakers to listen to their constituents and enact measures to rapidly increase our use of solar.”