Recent research suggests that UK attitudes to fossil fuels and renewable energy are changing faster than anyone expected. There has been a lot of publicity about the DECC poll which showed a significant fall in support for fracking for shale gas – only 28% of those surveyed actively opposed the technology. This backs up an earlier YouGov poll in May 2015 which showed that 43% of respondents thought Britain should not start extracting shale gas. There is a suggestion that, the more people understand about fracking, the higher their opposition.
By contrast the latest “Good Energy Survey” published this week found that just 4% of the public opposed solar farms, 7% opposed biomass and only 8% opposed onshore wind farms. Solar is consistently the most popular form of energy generation, with support from 76% of those surveyed. This is supported by DECC figures which regularly show over 80% support for solar power.
Ingleton Wood are strong supporters of renewable technologies, and our recent experience mirrors the polls. Solar power is installed on a great many of our schemes, including a recent project for Essex County Fire and Rescue Service where we assessed all their fire stations and installed solar panels wherever viable. We would be happy to talk to you about how renewable energy can work for you.