Survey finds EmPower Solar customers go solar to save money, no matter political affiliation
Island Park, New York-based solar panel installer SunPower by EmPower Solar released results from a client survey that shows trends on political affiliation and motivating factors for going solar. Findings show that solar is equally popular across the political spectrum.
Survey responses collected from recent EmPower Solar clients – all with residential solar systems installed on their homes – show that 32% identify as Republican, 28% Democrat and 26% independent or unaffiliated. Just over 9% chose not to list their affiliation and 2% identified with the Libertarian or Working Families Party.
In addition to political party, the company found that the number one motivating factor for clients to go solar was to save money. Of all clients surveyed, 81% stated their main factor was to either reduce electric bills or protect themselves from rising energy costs.
“What we find year after year is that our clients are equally split among affiliations,” said David G. Schieren, CEO of EmPower Solar. “They’re going solar because it saves money and it’s a great investment.”
Of all respondents, 16% listed environmental protection, energy independence or political reasons as their primary motivating factor to make the switch, but these factors were listed consistently as important reasons overall.
“Our solar clients also feel empowered by contributing to the environment and impacting local air quality,” Schieren continued. “But at the end of the day, the numbers have to work – and fortunately on Long Island, New York City and Westchester, they do.”
“In today’s divided political landscape, clean energy is sometimes labeled as a progressive issue, but it’s clear to see that renewable energy has support from a diverse set of stakeholders. Many elected leaders are starting to see that, so there is support across the aisle for renewable policies across the country – just look at the equally bi-partisan member Climate Solutions Caucus,” said Tara Bono, Director of Client Experience and Stakeholder Relations, EmPower Solar. “When something hits the entire triple bottom line, it’s hard not to be against it. Solar is a win-win for our planet, the economy, and society.”
Among other trends, the company is also seeing an increased demand for battery backup and energy storage. EmPower Solar, a Tesla Powerwall Certified Installer, has marked an uptick in requests for battery-paired solar systems which allow homeowners to keep their home powered during a power outage and use their own energy instead of pulling from the grid.
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