75% Support for Solar in US

75% Support for Solar in US

Recent polls conducted last month by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) show that the American public is in strong support of the government using any public land not set aside for nature preserves or natural parks as solar power generation areas. Roughly three out of every four respondents (approximately 75%) of those surveyed from February 24 to February 26 felt strongly about solar development, with other interest heavily on wind power development as well. Due to concerns over major aesthetic impacts wind farms may have on the environment, however, solar power was at the top of most people’s lists.

The survey, provided by the Gotham Research Group, also indicated consumer interest in other forms of power generation and desire for government support and investment in the private sector as well. Natural gas and nuclear power, for instance, both tied on the list at 16% of consumer interest in development, with oil coming in at a much lower 11% and coal at a paltry 4%. Towards the top of the list for private sector support outside of public land development both solar and wind farms came in at 22% support with solar power in general leading the way at 38%.

Although this survey only serves to confirm for many what they see as already being public knowledge in many areas it is still a strong sign for supporters to continue the development of solar generation facilities throughout the country. This is particularly important for the SEIA as they have been actively supporting and encouraging the development of solar power as an energy source since their founding in 1974 and currently stand as the voice for over 1,000 members of the solar power industry. Many of these members are participants in developing a number of the larger solar facilities though the country with over 17 gigawats of solar-based energy generation currently under development in the US at utility-grade energy production centers, enough to power roughly 3.4 million homes and provide over 100,000 jobs.

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