Most people want next Scot-Govt. to make renewables a priority, with solar No. 1 desire for domestic power needs

Solar In-roof solar PV panels installed at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games village
Solar In-roof solar PV panels installed at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games village

Renewables has come out top of a new poll that asked people in Scotland which energy source the next Scottish Government should prioritise.

As Scotland heads to the polls on 5 May, the YouGov survey asked more than 1,000 respondents whether the next government should prioritise the continued development of renewables, extend the life of fossil fuel plants, use shale gas or build new nuclear power stations. 

70% of those polled want to see more renewable energy such as wind, solar, wave and tidal, and two-thirds agreed that the next government should “continue to take forward policies that tackle greenhouse gas emissions and climate change”. 

19% said the next government should prioritise the use of fracking for shale gas while 33% support new nuclear power plants being treated as a priority. 42% said they should not prioritise building new or extending the life of fossil fuel power stations.

When asked about their own household energy needs, respondents were given the option of picking from a list of renewable energy devices they would consider installing in or around their own homes.

The most popular response was for solar PV panels (39%) followed by solar thermal panels (36%), wind turbines (21%), biomass boilers (20%), heat pumps (20%) and then small-scale hydro turbines (13%). 

Of those who indicated they already had a renewable energy device installed, solar panels were most commonly featured along with biomass boilers and heat pumps. 

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