75% of the UK public support the use of renewables in 2015
A new survey published by Good Energy has shown that UK support for solar and other renewables remains strong in 2015. The results, taken from 2000 people, revealed than in fact solar is the most popular form of energy generation in the eyes of the public – with 76% of respondents saying they support it. The poll also found that only 4% of respondents oppose solar farms.
This independent survey comes shortly after the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) published results from wave 14 of its public attitudes tracker survey. DECC’s survey also revealed similar findings, with 75% of respondents expressing support for the use of renewables. Opposition for renewables was also found to be extremely low at just 4%, with only 1% saying they were strongly opposed.
This positive public attitude towards renewable energy is reflected in the installation levels of domestic solar panel systems. On 31 July 2015, Ofgem revealed that Feed-in tariff (FiT) rates will be reduced from October, as the UK has met and exceeded its solar deployment targets once again. Installation prices for solar panels are currently some of the lowest they have ever been, with a 4kW system now averaging at less than half of the price it was in 2010. These combined factors point to 2015 continuing to be a strong year for domestic solar across the UK.