According to the Elmsford, N.Y.-based SCHOTT Solar Barometer, a nationwide survey conducted by the Los Angeles-based independent polling firm Kelton Research, the majority of Americans support development and funding of solar energy. The survey revealed that 77% of Americans feel that the development of solar power, and other renewable energy sources, should be a major priority of the federal government.

When asked which one energy source they would support if they were president, 41% of Americans picked solar energy. Solar and wind together were favored nearly 20 times more than coal. "These results are an undeniable signal to our elected leaders that Americans want job-creating solar power, now," says Rhone Resch, president of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).