Sometimes I hate Gallup polls–like the one last year that found a 10% decrease in the number of Americans who believe that the effects of climate change are already being felt.  But sometimes Gallup polls make me smile, like the one that came out last week showing that a whopping 83% of Americans think Congress should pass an energy bill that provides incentives for using solar and other forms of renewable energy.

Such widespread support for federal policy is rare indeed. There’s more of a consensus around solar than around the seven other potential Congressional actions Gallup polled, including getting the heck out of Afghanistan (72%), approving a free trade agreement with South Korea (53%), and expanding drilling and exploration for oil and gas (65%).  There’s still a depressing amount of support for fossil fuels but considerably less than for renewables.  Dare I say the tide is turning?

So if you thought that your conservative Uncle Elroy or your apathetic cousin Fran would never in a million years go solar, think again. What if Uncle Elroy or Cousin Fran knew that they could save money by leasing solar panels? According to Gallup, now’s the time to spread the gospel of the Solar Lease. How many homeowners do you know?

–Erica Etelson

Posted by Danny Kennedy

Danny Kennedy co-founded Sungevity and now serves as strategic advisor. He is an internationally recognized opinion leader on climate and energy issues. He is the author of Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy - and Planet - from Dirty Energy (2012), a book that has been described as the clean energy manifesto for the next greatest generation.