A significant majority of voters in Los Angeles support an increase in local solar power, according to a new poll conducted by public research firm Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (FM3) for the Vote Solar Initiative.
A total of 87% of respondents said that the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP) should use more electricity generated from solar. (Seventy-nine percent said the LADWP should use more wind power.) The utility currently gets less than 1% of its power from solar generation.
Three-quarters of respondents specifically feel that LADWP should be doing more to expand the use of local rooftop solar in Los Angeles. Four out of five support LADWP's increasing its local solar goal to 1,200 MW.
Support for this goal remains strong across the political spectrum, with majorities of Democratic, Republican and independent voters all expressing support, FM3 found.
Detailed survey findings are available here.