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Posted on November 6, 2012

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AMERICANS SUPPORT SOLAR ENERGY

The best billboard for solar power is a solar panel, and billboards are promoting the solar industry across America. People are captivated and inspired by solar panels quietly at work producing clean energy.

Americans have consistently expressed widespread support for solar power and for state and federal policies promoting its greater use. According to the recent Hart Research poll released by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), 92 percent of likely American voters favor solar energy and want to see solar as a growing part of the nation’s energy mix. Democrats, Republicans and Independents, young and old, men and women across all regions of this country, all support solar energy.

Walmart, IKEA, Macy’s, REI, FedEx and Walgreens are among the top commercial solar users. These companies mount solar panels on their warehouses and stores to  control rising energy costs, save money and stay competitive. Walmart alone uses enough solar to power stores serving three million customers a week.

Germany is the nuclear leader in use of solar power by turning off nuclear power plants and converting to coal and solar energy. And thanks to strong demand from Germany, China and Japan for U.S.-made poly-silicon and solar-manufacturing equipment, the United States was a net exporter of solar products in 2010.

With more than nine in ten Americans supporting our use of solar, it’s clear that solar panels are an important growth industry today. We need to assure that the jobs in the solar panel industry stay here in America rather than be exported to China or elsewhere.

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