Earlier this week The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC) released a poll conducted on its behalf by Wilson Perkins Allen Opinion Research, looking into how Nevadans felt about how politicians vote on solar issues. The poll comes as the state’s energy suppliers are reaching an arbitrary cap on net-metered solar power.
The poll found that 74 percent of Nevadans said they are less likely to re-elect a legislator or politician that chose not to raise the solar cap in Nevada. The state already has more than 50 megawatts of distributed solar power and has been growing steadily in the last few years.
Furthermore the poll found that it was supported on a bipartisan basis. The poll showed that fully 80 percent of Democrats said they wouldn't support legislators that chose not to raise the solar caps in the state. Only slightly less Republicans, 69 percent, said the same thing.
The poll comes as Nevada comes close to reaching its arbitrary net-metering growth cap, according to TASC. If the cap isn’t lifted this legislative session the solar industry could be hampered when the cap is hit. This comes after a great year for Nevada’s solar installers. Last year the state had 5,900 solar workers an increase of 146 percent over the previous year. TASC also noted that it would be unprecedented for the state to not raise the net-metering cap.
Overall the poll found that 70 percent of likely voters in Nevada support net metering. Even more of them, 84 percent, have a favorable impression of solar energy.
“In politics today it is rare to find three-quarters of voters agreeing on anything, but an overwhelming number of Nevadans report they are less likely to re-elect a politician who fails to raise the solar cap,” said Ryan Steusloff, Vice President of Wilson Perkins Allen Opinion Research.
Results of the poll came out following a rally outside NV Energy’s headquarters in Las Vegas, which was attended by roughly one thousand solar workers, consumers, veterans, educators and families. The protestors were pushing back against NV Energy’s lobbying against net-metering.Tweet