New survey shows US consumers want more solar energy

In addition, three-quarters of Americans feel that increasing renewable energy and decreasing U.S. dependence on foreign oil are the country’s top energy priorities.

Applied Materials has conducted its second annual survey to gauge the public’s current knowledge and opinion of solar energy usage in the U.S. in time for the summer solstice.

According to the survey, 67 percent of Americans would be willing to pay more for their monthly utility bill if their utility company increased its use of renewable energy and 49 percent of consumers polled would be willing to pay USD$5 or more each month for an increased amount of renewable energy – a 14 percent increase from the results of the company’s 2009 survey.

“Americans are becoming more aware of the need for responsible energy solutions, like solar power, and increasingly want their government to drive policy and investment aimed at finding alternative ways to power our homes and economy,” said Dr. Charles Gay, president of Applied Solar, a division of Applied Materials.

“With the right energy legislation in place, the U.S. could reap the benefits of one of the biggest economic job engines of this century – the clean energy revolution.”