More than three-quarters of voters across party lines want to see their electric utilities invest more in solar energy – the most favored form of electricity among those polled -- and they want more action by the government to encourage the use of both large and small-scale solar power, according to fresh polling on people’s attitudes about energy.
In a decision that’s certain to help to speed up America’s transition to a clean energy future, President Obama announced today that the Department of Energy (DOE) will launch a new initiative to train 75,000 Americans – including military veterans – to enter the solar workforce by 2020.
A vast majority of Americans, across all political parties, overwhelmingly support development and funding of solar energy, and their support for solar has remained consistent over the last year. These and other findings were reported today in the 2009 SCHOTT Solar BarometerTM, a nationally representative survey conducted by independent polling firm Kelton Research.
94% of Americans think it is important for the nation to develop and use solar energy. This was consistent across all political party affiliations. 80% of Americans agree that Congress should consider reallocating federal subsidies from fossil fuels to solar. Over half (51%) the country would choose to work in the solar industry if they were to start working in renewable energy Nearly half (49%) of Americans considering solar for their home or business plan to make a decision to adopt solar in less than one year Nearly half (49%) of Americans are willing to pay more for clean, reliable solar energy
A vast majority of Americans, across all political parties, overwhelmingly support development and funding of solar energy. Ninety-one percent of Republicans, 97 percent of Democrats and 98 percent of Independents agree that developing solar power is vital to the United States.