Today is the summer solstice, the day the sun shines in thenorthern hemisphere for the longest period of time all year. Inrecognition of this day and the ongoing debate concerning energy reformlegislation, Applied Materials, the world’s leading supplier of solarpanel manufacturing equipment, conducted its second annual survey to gauge the public’s currentknowledge and opinion of solar energy usage in the U.S.
According to the survey, Americans are strongly supportive ofintegrating renewable energy sources into the country’s overall energymix:
- Consistent with last year’s results, two-thirds of Americansstrongly agree that solar energy needs to have a greater role in thecountry’s energy output.
- More Americans are willing to invest in renewable energy (67% versus 53%); 49% would be willing to pay $5 or more per month if their utility company increased its use of renewable energy, compared to 35% in 2009.
- Three-quarters of respondents felt it was very important that thecurrent U.S. energy bill address increasing renewable energy (75%) anddecreasing U.S. dependence on foreign oil (73%).
For the complete survey results and key findings open the PDFattached at the bottom of this post.
To continue the dialogue around solar energy, all this week, AppliedMaterials will be hosting a series of “Twitterstorms,” onlineconversations with different experts on the various aspects of solarincluding, comprehensive climate & energy legislation, utility scale solar, the solar industry in China and the benefits of solarinstallations, to name a few. We hope you will be able to participate and join in on the conversation — check out each day’s topic and expert.
Applied Materials is the world’s leading supplier of equipment tomanufacture semiconductors, flat panel displays and solar panels. Usingits 40-years of engineering innovation it has driven down the cost oftransistors by a factor of 20 million and enabled ultra-large TV screens to become more affordable.
The Company’s solar strategy is to bring significant change to theindustry by enabling lower cost-per-watt solutions for solar cellmanufacturing—with the goal of making solar a more meaningfulcontributor to the global energy supply.
Since entering the solar market in 2006 Applied has establisheditself as the world’s largest supplier of solar PV manufacturingequipment and has received several prestigious innovation awards forsolar technology including the Platts Global Energy and Wall StreetJournal Technology Awards. Visit the Applied Materials web site for more information on our technology and products that help reduce the needto burn fossil fuels and lower greenhouse gas emissions.