There are only seven weeks before the US decides who will be at the helm of the country for the next four years so Sungevity and Ipsos took advantage of the major election year and conducted a survey on clean energy. The survey found that nine in ten, or 89%, of US adults want to see more renewable energy sources, including solar, play a bigger part in the country’s future energy supply. Of the respondents, 80% expect their elected officials to support solar energy initiatives and 81% believe that regardless of who takes the White House this January, it and other federal and state residences should use solar energy.
Ipsos polled 1,006 adults and found that 81% of the respondents want the US to diminish its dependency on coal, nuclear energy and gas. Furthermore, 72% felt that jobs in the solar energy sector are better for the economy. Eight in ten respondents agreed that the biggest benefits from solar come in financial terms (such as reduced energy costs), but 70% noted that they feel Americans need to be more educated about solar energy and solar options. Survey respondents agreed that many consumers have misperceptions on solar including installation, updated electrical systems and zoning laws, which may hinder their adoption of solar energy.
Danny Kennedy, co-founder of Sungevity, commented, “The survey makes it clear that solar companies must do a better job communicating how easy and affordable it is to incorporate solar power into your home,” says Kennedy. “Whether it's the ability to design a solar system through our Sungevity website or getting a system installed for no money down through our solar lease program, companies like Sungevity are trying to make the customer experience with going solar as easy as possible.”