How Much Does North Carolina Love Solar? As Much as the Rest of U.S., Says Poll


A new poll from the NC Sustainable Energy Association shows that North Carolina voters of all political persuasions overwhelmingly support solar and other renewables. A majority of respondents think state leaders should seek more renewable energy sources to provide the state with affordable electricity.

The solar polls keep rolling in, and they consistently bring good news about solar’s popularity. Some of the results? American consumers are viewing solar more favorably; American homeowners overwhelmingly support solar power; and, well, Americans basically love solar! 

State-by-state polls show the same results: from Maine to Hawaii, Americans are crazy about solar power.


A new poll from nonprofit nonpartisan advocacy organization NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) confirms that North Carolina is no different in this regard.


The fourth annual North Carolina Statewide Survey was just released. Fallon Research polled 803 registered North Carolina voters from March 23 to 27, 2014.


Ready not to be surprised? That’s right: North Carolina voters of all political stripes overwhelmingly support the increased use of diverse clean energy sources.


According to the poll, 83% of respondents think state leaders and elected officials should seek more renewable energy sources to provide consumers and businesses with affordable electricity.


Solar is especially popular with North Carolina votes: 90% of respondents support the use of solar energy.


Driven largely by the state’s market-based clean energy policies, North Carolina has become one of the fastest-growing markets for clean energy solutions. The state was given #3 position in the Solar Energy Industries Association’s list of Top Solar States.


“Support for clean energy can be a winning message for our state’s leaders regardless of political affiliation. North Carolina is leading in these technologies, voters are noticing and they are asking for more,” said Paul Shumaker, leading political strategist, President of Capitol Communications, in a statement.


In 2007, North Carolina became the first state in the Southeast to adopt the Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS) law. According to the poll, 71% of North Carolinians support the law.


Other notable survey results:


  • 86% of Democrats, 84% of Independents, and 77% of Republicans say state leaders should seek more alternative or renewable energy sources.

  • 74% of respondents felt power and electricity prices had increased over the last two years, with more than half thinking the increase was due to power companies increasing their profits or inflation and the economy, and only 5% thinking it was due to renewable energy mandates.

  • 94% of voters under the age of 30 and 86% of voters ages 30-44 said state leaders and elected officials in North Carolina should seek more alternative or renewable energy sources in order to provide consumers and businesses with electricity.


“Now in our fourth year of polling, these results are consistently telling us that energy policy is important to North Carolinians. What’s more, constituents are making note of their rising electricity bills and are looking to our leaders in the state legislature to adopt common-sense changes,” NCSEA executive director Ivan Urlaub said of the survey results.


“This polling lays a foundation for lawmakers to devise a clean energy future with their voters in mind,” said Betsy McCorkle, NCSEA’s Director of Government Affairs. “These results prove that there’s an appetite to invest in a diverse set of sustainable energy solutions, which serve as the foundation to our economic prosperity — and offer a significant value for businesses and the community.”


The results also provide further confirmation that Americans all around the country, of all political leanings, are in favor of harnessing the power of the sun.