The polls are out (and we are not talking about Presidential polls) … Registered voters in the 2012 election overwhelmingly in support solar energy. And,according to a national poll commissioned by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), voters would like to see the federal government foster the growth of the solar industry. This is the fifth consecutive year that U.S. citizens have maintained a positive view of solar energy and the government’s solar energy efforts.
The survey revealed the following key points:
- Nine out of 10 voters feel that the U.S. should develop and use more solar energy. Both Republicans (84 percent) and Democrats (98 percent) were in support of solar initiatives.
- 78 percent of voters say the government should provide tax credits and financial incentives to encourage the development and use of solar energy.
- The industry more than doubled the amount of solar installed in the US in Q2 of 2012 compared to 2011, and growth is expected through the Q3 and Q4 of 2012.
- The average solar energy system has dropped 50 percent since 2007 largely due to innovations in system financing and technology advancements. In fact, major brands like on solar to keep costs low for consumers.