Floridians Favor Solar Energy

18 November of 2010 by

This one’s sort of a no-brianer, isn’t it, folks in the Sunshine State in favor of solar energy? I bet they’re also in favor of oranges, clean beaches, and the control of drug trafficking too.

In any event,  according to The Florida Independent, 87% of Floridians view solar energy “favorably.”

Florida TaxWatch recently reported that based on a statewide survey,renewable energy is not only popular, but that residents wouldn’t mindshelling out an extra bill or two on their utility bill if it meantusing more renewable energy.

According to said Dominic M. Calabro, President and CEO of FloridaTaxWatch, the survey will serve as a good tool for Florida’s newgoverning body, and that now is the time to “redouble efforts on creating jobs and ensuring the government spends wisely and responsibly.”

“This survey provides valuable insight for our new Governor, Cabinetand lawmakers as they work to build meaningful renewable energy policies that will create good paying jobs,” said Calabro. “The benefits of avibrant renewable energy policy should far outweigh both environmental and financial costs overthe long term. However, it is important to ensure consumers are readyand willing to make the necessary investment, particularly in this verytough economy.”

According to the TaxWatch report, the majority of Floridians strongly support the expanded use of renewable energy. More than 70% would bewilling to put their money where their mouths are, saying they’d bewilling to pay a dollar or more per month in utility costs in exchangefor expanded renewable energy use.

“This survey provides valuable insight for our new Governor, Cabinetand lawmakers as they work to build meaningful renewable energy policies that will create good paying (green) jobs,” said Calabro.

Citing findings by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the report indicates that “more than 95,000 new jobs could be created if Florida were to push for 1,500 megawatts of solar energy production, underlining the fact that ourstate has a natural competitive advantage for solar projects with anaverage 361 days of sunshine.”

Increased solar energy production will result in “permanent, high-paying jobs” for manyFloridians.  According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, “if Florida installed 1,500 MW up to 45,000 direct jobs and 50,000 indirect jobs would be created.”

So what else does the TaxWatch report say about Floridians?

  • The creation of jobs and attracting high-tech industries are the two most important reasons to invest in renewable energy.
  • Nearly 10% of the state’s residents have already invested inrenewable energy such as rooftop solar panels. Another nearly 27% arelooking into it.
  • In addition to that 87% who have the high opinion of solar energy, they also favor natural gas (78.6%) and wind (77.5%)

 

Sources:

The Florida Independent

Cooler Planet

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