A new statewide poll shows that nearly 70% of Massachusetts voters believe the solar power industry is important to the Massachusetts economy – up 10% since June.
The poll, conducted by Princeton Research Associates and released by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), also shows that nearly 60% of voters see direct benefits from solar power in their cities and towns.
The poll also found that nearly 60% of the 500 voters surveyed were in strong support of Gov. Deval Patrick's recent decision to quadruple the state's solar power generation goal from 400 MW to 1.6 GW. In addition, 55% of those surveyed were supportive of policies in place to create incentives for solar energy system installations, including net metering.
‘Massachusetts has made a significant investment in solar, becoming a national leader in terms of effective, progressive policies that benefit the state's economy, its citizens and the environment,’ says Carrie Cullen-Hitt, SEIA's senior vice president of state affairs. ‘We are pleased that as a result of these important solar initiatives, an increasing number of Massachusetts voters are now seeing the direct benefit of solar in their lives and in their local communities.’
Princeton conducted the poll of 500 voters in Massachusetts between Dec. 5-9. The poll's margin of error is +/- 5%.