Solar Poll: Americans Want Development on Public Lands

75% of Americans would like to see solar energy plants developed on public lands, according to a poll sponsored by the Solar Energy Industries Association.

The survey also revealed that solar power was the top choice (38%) as the best use of public land. Respondents also selected solar farms and wind power (22% each) as the top energy sources that the government should prioritize for support, beating out natural gas (16%), nuclear (16%), oil (11%) and coal (4%).

The poll was conducted by Gotham Research Group. Solar industry and environmental leaders, as well as Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (AZ) and pollster Jeff Levine joined SEIA President Rhone Resch on a call to discuss the results.

Read the full story on