Nine out of 10 Americans support solar energy

According to the recent 2011 SCHOTT Solar Barometer, 89 percent of Americans think it is important for the United States to develop and use solar energy, which confirms Americans support the use and federal incentives for solar energy.

"It's clear that solar has the strong support of the American people," said Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association. "Now it needs the support of U.S. policymakers in extending job-creating policies like the 1603 Treasury Program to make sure solar continues to work for America."

Political views were not much of a factor in this survey, which found 80 percent of Republicans and 94 percent of Democrats agree that it is important for the United States to develop and use solar energy.

Thirty-nine percent of Americans sad they would choose solar energy over other energy sources such as natural gas, wind energy, nuclear energy and coal power.

In support of the growth of solar energy, General Electric is working on two projects that may simplify and reduce the cost of solar photovoltaic installations, which are part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Sunshot Initiative.

Author: Danny Vo

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