The Department of Energy & Climate Change’s opinion poll on public attitudes to energy has found solar to be the nation’s favourite source of energy, with 80% of respondents indicating it was their preferred source of energy.
This was higher than every other renewable or conventional energy technology.
A ComRes survey for the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) also showed that the British public backed subsidies for renewable energy sources (66% wind, 73% solar and 75% early-stage renewables) and that support for renewables subsidies combined was at 83%.
Solar Trade Association head of external affairs Leonie Greene said: “No other technology empowers consumers and communities to take charge of their energy bill and act on climate change like solar power. By cutting support for solar the government is taking power away from people, organisations and communities all over the UK – and they don’t like it one bit.”
Recent policy proposals have included cuts to the Feed-in Tariff for solar by up to 87%, with incentives for solar panels on new-build homes and commercial properties cut earlier this summer.
The government is also putting more emphasis on shale gas and nuclear power.