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Survey Says ... 9 in 10 Americans Want More Solar Energy


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Alice
- 1051 days ago - renewableenergyworld.com
New Hampshire, U.S.A. -- In a time of tense political debate -- often focused on the American solar industry -- a new survey may help steer the conversation away from legislators and toward consumers.



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Alice C. (1797)
Thursday November 3, 2011, 2:00 am
Share66 inShare.3 New Hampshire, U.S.A. -- In a time of tense political debate — often focused on the American solar industry — a new survey may help steer the conversation away from legislators and toward consumers.

According to a survey conducted by independent polling firm Kelton Research, nine out of 10 Americans support the use and development of solar technology. Perhaps more telling considering the political climate is that eight out of 10 respondents indicated that the federal government should support solar manufacturing in the U.S. and should give federal subsidies for solar energy.

The broad support for solar seems to cut through party lines. In some cases, the middle of the political spectrum is where the broadest support can be found, a finding that has huge political implications as America heads into its primary and general elections over the next 12 months.

The solar industry is certain to use the results to bolster its case that Congress should extend the wildly popular Section 1603 grant in-lieu of an existing tax credit as a way to both create jobs and continue the expansion of solar.

While the survey’s findings have been consistent over each of the past four years, this year’s survey had the potential to reflect consumer backlash stemming from the Solyndra investigation. That, clearly, was not the case. The SCHOTT Solar Barometer Survey polled 1,000 Americans via an email invitation and online survey between Sept. 29 and Oct. 6. The Solyndra news broke on Aug. 31 and the criticism of the Department of Energy was perhaps at its highest the weekend of Sept. 30 when the program reached its deadline to approve loan guarantees.

 

Cal Mendelsohn (992)
Thursday November 3, 2011, 2:40 am
Thanks for posting this Alice--Go Solar!
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday November 3, 2011, 3:34 am
I've had a solar and battery, DC setup at my retreat for a few years now. Every time there's been an ice storm, I had the only place with electric lights. It's a doable technology! We can either develop it or wait for the rest of the world to leave us behind on that one. The Solyndra crybabies were looking for that one to come along. They're not exactly progressive thinking, you know! THX
 

Alice C. (1797)
Thursday November 3, 2011, 4:00 am
We have a 2.8 KW system on our farmhouse. It was installed in 2001 with a battery backup. I will be adding another 8 KW soon : )
 

Iain A. (73)
Thursday November 3, 2011, 4:26 am
Great post Alice. Our Scottish Goverment want to be world leaders regarding green issues...solar, wind, waves, and I really hope we can achieve that. We certainly have all the natural resources!! It surely is the way forward for us all.
 

Dandelion G. (387)
Thursday November 3, 2011, 6:45 am
The Leaders are so far behnd what the majority wants or needs as they are in the pockets of only a few of the special interests that do not want to change for fear of loosing their lifestyle. Their lifestyle is at the expense of our environment and us all. They do not lead, so the people must and the so called leaders will either follow or move aside. The people are speaking out and rising up. POWER TO THE PEOPLE AND SOLAR!
 

Agnes N. (717)
Thursday November 3, 2011, 9:59 am
Thanks Alice..for the posted...CHEER!.
 

Bella Fitzpatrick (280)
Thursday November 3, 2011, 11:26 am
Thanks for posting. We need this !!!!
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday November 3, 2011, 11:36 am
THANKS DEAR ALICE!!!
 

ANJUM PAWAR (1078)
Thursday November 3, 2011, 3:33 pm
LOVELY ALICE ! YOUR EFFORT TO MAKE THE THOUGHTS OF YOUR PEOPLE KNOWN AND PROPAGATED IS MUCH APPRECIABLE, EVEN I COULD'NT STOP MYSELF TO ANALYSE THE SURVEY RESULTS FOR BEING A FRIEND OF AMERICA AND AMERICANS. IN MANY WAYS INCLUDING THE EMERGENCE AMERICA AND PAKISTAN AND THE PEOPLE OF BOTH THE COUNTRIES DESERVE APPRECIATION AND COMPLEMENTS FOR BUILDING THEIR OWN DWELLINGS UPON THIS PLANET. INDEPENDENT COUNTRIES ON THE GLOBE ARE LIKE YOUR OWN HOMES IN INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF NATIONS. I AM OF THE VIEW THAT WITH
THE DIFFERENCES LIKE BASIC LIVING FACILITIES, RULE OF LAW AND ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE, PEOPLE OF BOTH THE COUNTRIES ARE MOSTLY BUSY IN SOLVING THE PROBLEMS CREATED BY THE POLITICIANS, IN PAKISTAN PEOPLE ARE FACING LOAD SHEDDING OF ELECTRICITY AND LPG, SOME TIMES EVEN WITHOUT EVEN ANY SCHEDULE OF POWER LOAD SHEDDING AND BEARING BIG EXPENSES TO MEET SHORT FALL OF POWER BY AFFORDING GENERATORS AND UPS,ES AND AT THE SAME TIME CONSECUTIVE RAISE IN THE PRICES OF THESE LIVING, BUSINESS AND INDUSTRIAL ESSENTIALS, WHEREAS POLITICIANS ARE DEALING THESE PROBLEMS AS ISSUES TO GET VOTES AND MONEY. FINANCIAL DIRECTION OF THE PEOPLE IS DOWNWARDS AND THAT OF POLITICIANS IS UPWARDS. I AM HAPPY TO KNOW ABOUT THE SOLAR WAY OUT RECOMMENDED BY MAJORITY OF THE AMERICANS DUE TO SURVEY BUT SURELY AT THE SAME TIME POLITICIANS MUST BE BARGAINING THEIR SHARES WITH THE PRODUCERS OF SOLAR PLANTS. LUCKILY AMERICA AND PAKISTAN, BOTH ARE NUCLEAR POWERS AND PERHAPS 9 OF 10 AMERICANS DO NOT KNOW THAT NUCLEAR ELECTRIC PLANTS CAN PRODUCE THE MOST CHEEP AND BIG MAGNITUDE OF ELECTRICITY. AT CONCLUDING MY COMMENT I THINK THAT IT WILL BE A GREAT MISSING TO UNDERSTAND THE ACTUALITY IF WE OVERLOOK THE OPEN SECRET THAT THE POLITICIANS OF BOTH THE COUNTRIES ARE IN CONNIVANCE WITH EACH OTHER AGAINST THE PEOPLE OF THE BOTH COUNTRIES.
 

Antonio M. (128)
Thursday November 3, 2011, 4:40 pm
In Portugal, our government gives subsidies for solar energy..

Thank you Alice!

 

Michela m. (3934)
Thursday November 3, 2011, 5:49 pm
Also in Italy, our Government gives subsidies for solar energy..

Thank you Alice!
 

BarbCat SunshineLady (1649)
Thursday November 3, 2011, 6:10 pm
Thank you Alice!
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday November 3, 2011, 7:26 pm
Thanks Alice...and the other 10% I guess have a lot of stock in oil companies...or work for one, or have their heads in the sand.
 

Dave C. (214)
Thursday November 3, 2011, 7:32 pm
great news...love it....and the 10% who don't work for Exxon/BP/Conoco/etc.....
 

Chi Warrior (3414)
Thursday November 3, 2011, 7:35 pm
I wonder how many people have heard of the solar hydrogen economy
 

Edwin M. (366)
Thursday November 3, 2011, 7:38 pm
In my State we are constantly inundated with a barrage of television commercials singing the praises of natural gas and how clean it is for the environment. What they forget to mention is the chemicals they inject into the earth to obtain this clean natural gas which seeps into water supplies and contaminates the soil where they do this clean drilling. The time has come for politicians to defer to the will of the people and not the corporations. Thank you Alice.
 

holly masih (64)
Thursday November 3, 2011, 7:44 pm
I wish that it were used more.I guess the greedy ones don't want that,because no one can own the sun-hahahahahaha!
 

Lydia S. (172)
Thursday November 3, 2011, 7:58 pm
Thanks .
 

patricia lasek (317)
Friday November 4, 2011, 4:26 am
If the people support it, the politicians won't. They haven't listened to us about anything yet. When we do get them to pass some legislation to benefit the peopel, it's like pulling teeth.
 

Alice C. (1797)
Friday November 4, 2011, 6:07 am
People want a clean environment ~ and "we the people" must let politicians know that.
 

Kenneth L. (314)
Friday November 4, 2011, 6:22 am
The sun and the wind: solar panels, technology, and wind turbines. Love 'em!
 

KS Goh (0)
Friday November 4, 2011, 6:37 am
Thanks for the article.
 

Morris G. (18)
Friday November 4, 2011, 9:19 am
WOW! What a surprise. If they did a survey of people who want a cure for cancer do you think 9 out of 10 would answer yes as well? I would guess 10 out of 10.
Solar already has large federal subsidies and loan programs. Still the cost of energy produced is considerably higher than other sources.
Here is the question the survey DID NOT ask: Would you be willing to pay 2-1/2 times more for your electric bill in order for the electricity to be solar generated? Because according to the US Energy Administration solar generated electricity costs (the average of thermal and PV costs) more than twice as much as nuclear, over 2-1/2 times as much as coal, and nearly 4 times more than natural gas.
Now ask the average person who has an $100 per month electric bill if they are willing to pay $250 instead and see the answer you get.
 

Robert O. (12)
Friday November 4, 2011, 9:41 am
Sure 9 out of 10 want solar as do I, but sadly it's the 10th person that is probably a science doubting climate change denying conservative that is part of the 1% that will do anything (and can) in their power to derail exploration of renewable resources since they won't directly profit from it. Thanks Alice.
 

Roger M. (0)
Friday November 4, 2011, 9:47 am
I'd like to hear more about the 10%. Given that energy demands will keep increasing, what do they want more of? More coal? More nuclear?
 

Alice C. (1797)
Friday November 4, 2011, 10:01 am
Hello Morris, solar energy has kept people, animals and plants alive more many years at no cost !
 

Roger Garin-michaud (62)
Friday November 4, 2011, 1:22 pm
noted, thanks !
 

Jane H. (134)
Friday November 4, 2011, 1:33 pm
Thank you, Alice!! This makes me so happy!! I just increased the number of the pansls on my roof by 3---I now have 9.
 

Alice C. (1797)
Friday November 4, 2011, 1:36 pm
Wonderful Jane ~ We are going to add more panels at our farm as well : )
 

Margaret M. F. (0)
Friday November 4, 2011, 2:02 pm
Thank-you for the article.
 

LeMoyn Salmonsen (90)
Friday November 4, 2011, 2:09 pm
Ubetcha, any rational person that considers for a millisecond what we're doing to the planet and the future of life with our current rate of plunder, want to make a change. I already have an estimate in hand and am working to save the 30k needed to get it done. As a side note our contractor told us there is currently a glut of panels on the market and subsequently the price will soon begin to reflect that factor. That said the fact I want to buy panels manufacture locally the price is 15% more then made in China and 8% more then those from Canada. Gulp, think Globally act Locally.
 

Yvonne White (232)
Friday November 4, 2011, 2:55 pm
Everyone should be writing letters to the Editor of their local/regional newspapers calling RepubliCONs out on their refusal to Help Workers by funding a Jobs Bill! Solar Energy is just one of Many Industries & Areas that Americans NEED to develop &/or expand! But RepubliCONs are Refusing to deal with our Needs! So far Jobs Bills have been Killed 3 Times by RepubliCONs who think their rich masters are more important than starving workers!: The Tally
Oct. 11: 100 percent of Senate Republicans voted against millions of American jobs in order to protect the very wealthiest Americans — the top 0.5 percent — from having to pay their fair share.
Oct. 20: 100 percent of Senate Republicans voted against nearly 400,000 jobs for teachers, firefighters, and copsin order to protect the very wealthiest Americans — the top 0.5 percent — from having to pay their fair share.
Today: 100 percent of Senate Republicans voted against 450,000 Americans jobs rebuilding our crumbling roads, bridges, airports, and other critical infrastructurein order to protect the very wealthiest Americans — the top 0.5 percent — from having to pay their fair share.
Survey Says: Public Agrees That the GOP is Trying to Sabotage the Economy to Hurt Obama

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) infamously said:
"The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president. That’s my single most important political goal along with every active Republican in the country."

So inform people that we need to make RepubliCONs Unemployed to Save American Workers!!!!!

 

Kenny V. (173)
Friday November 4, 2011, 8:15 pm
Sounds like everyone you'll run into on the streets here....Thanks Alice!

Morris, PV rates have been dropping for years, It's cheaper , still dropping, and not a threat to life on Earth.Your statement is accurate, for maybe 10 years ago.Like anything it's always wise to shop around.The technology is purposely being stagnated and sabotaged with misinformation by you know exactly who. ....I'm sure the Koch's would be interested in what your saying,it's probably their analysis, if recent.
http://theenergycollective.com/oshadavidson/40559/study-solar-power-cheaper-nuclear

http://www.celsias.com/article/nanosolars-breakthrough-technology-solar-now-cheaper than coal/
 

Danny M. (82)
Saturday November 5, 2011, 6:13 am
Noted, thank you Alice!
 

Stella AWAY W. (258)
Tuesday November 8, 2011, 8:59 am
Using what Planet Earth has to offer, be it in the form of air/wind/water/sun/whatever (instead of abusing!!) will go a long way towards correcting the imbalances on this planet!
 

Alice C. (1797)
Tuesday November 8, 2011, 9:33 am
Solar is cheaper...We did not have to use any fossil fuels today to keep our home warm.
 

Alice C. (1797)
Tuesday November 8, 2011, 9:37 am
Long Beach Island New Jersey installed solar hot water in 1908 ! Some of the systems are still working !
 

Morris G. (18)
Wednesday November 9, 2011, 12:42 pm
"Your statement is accurate, for maybe 10 years ago" Actually Kenny my figures were for PROJECTED costs in 2015. Solar is dropping and costs today are higher than my figures. Please visit the US Energy Administration website for explanation on how and why they project into the future.

I am ALL FOR solar (well actually I plan to construct my own wind turbine soon so lets say renewable). But many of you never ask the question of what this will cost the average American. There is no credible person who can tell you that a swing to solar will not skyrocket your power bill. Even Obama himself said that when he was campaigning. You live in some dream world where reality does not matter. We cannot power this country, grow the economy, create REAL jobs, and run our homes without generating large amounts of fossil and nuclear power.
 
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