Survey finds people in Hawaii overwhelmingly support solar power

A new survey conducted by The Pacific Resource Partnership and the Sierra Club of Hawaii shows that the island state's voters overwhelmingly support solar power generation. An impressive 96 percent of survey participants said they supported solar as a source of energy, which the report pointed out was significantly higher than the national average of 76 percent.

"We rarely see this kind of unanimity in public opinion research," said Grace McRae, senior polling & research strategist at the Sierra Club's Legislative Office in Washington, D.C. "That Hawaii residents had such strong support for solar energy speaks volumes about its popularity and its effectiveness in reducing our nation's dependence on costly imported fossil fuels."

Another finding of the survey is that 85 percent of voters believe more efforts are needed to reduce the price of solar and other renewable energy sources. Eighty-five percent of participants also support a net metering incentive for customers who install solar panels and 82 percent said they opposed a sun tax or sun charge.

"We should do everything we can to make this clean and abundant energy source accessible and affordable for more residents, organizations and businesses," said John White, executive director of Pacific Resource Partnership. "The upside of more solar adoption is huge. It helps families save money, creates jobs and generates positive economic activity for the state."

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