The vast majority of Americans support the development and funding of solar energy, which has remained consistent over the last three years, according to the 2010 SCHOTT Solar Barometer, a survey conducted by independent polling firm Kelton Research.
The survey found that 94% of Americans think it is important for the U.S. to develop and use solar energy. This remains virtually unchanged since Americans were asked the same questions in August 2009 (92%) and June 2008 (94%). Support is consistent across political-party affiliations. Four out of five (80%) feel that Congress should reallocate federal subsidies away from fossil fuels and toward renewable energy industries.
‘It's time for policy-makers to listen to their constituents and enact measures to rapidly increase our use of solar,’ says Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association. ‘As we debate many crucial social and economic issues during this midterm election, lawmakers should consider solar not as an issue, but as an industry they can count on to create jobs, improve U.S. competitiveness, bolster our national security and reduce harmful pollution.’
For full survey results and methodology, click here.