TITLE

Do Incentives Work?: An Analysis of Residential Solar Energy Adoption in Miami-Dade County, Florida

AUTHOR(S)
VARELA-MARGOLLES, AILEEN; ONSTED, JEFFREY
PUB. DATE
March 2014
SOURCE
Southeastern Geographer;Spring2014, Vol. 54 Issue 1, p18
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In light of scientific predictions about the deleterious effects of climate change, it is crucial to promulgate effective energy policies that can successfully transition human society from fossil fuels to renewable sources. In this study, we wished to identify which, if any, demographic characteristics in Miami-Dade County, Florida typified owners versus non-owners of solar energy units and what factors influenced their decision to purchase or not purchase solar units. We also sought to determine their awareness of incentives. Through a combination of individual mailed surveys and GIS analysis of county demographic and solar ownership data, we found significant differences in solar ownership and awareness of incentives based on income, but not hispanicity. The survey evidence also showed a strong correlation between awareness of incentives and ownership of solar units. The majority of respondents who bought a unit indicated they did so for both economic and environmental reasons.
ACCESSION #
95433892

 

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