Survey Discovers That Wind and Solar Farms Have Been Accepted By Tourists

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8th November 2013 11:07 - Utilities

According to new research, holiday makers in Britain are becoming more tolerant of wind and solar farms, accepting them as part of the landscape. The survey of over 1,000 people which was commissioned by Good Energy found that the majority (94%) of those asked said wind farms made no difference to their visit to Cornwall.

Among holidays makers 4% said the wind and solar farms would be an encouragement to visit again, while only 2% said they would be less likely to visit again.

The research shows that the biggest deterrents for future visits is the risk of poor weather (17%) and the cost of holidaying (14%) with only two per cent citing solar and wind farms as off-putting. The research went on to reveal that four fifths (80%) of visitors were in favour of renewable energy with the majority (74%) supporting wind and solar farms.  Furthermore the study found that just over a third (35%) of tourists were aware of solar farms in Cornwall.

Merlin Hyman, Chief Executive Of The Sustainable Energy Agency, Regen SW, said:

“Cornwall is blessed with fantastic natural energy resources which it can use to generate its own secure power, cut bills and create jobs in a thriving new industry. What this survey shows is that renewable energy can bring all these benefits to the people of Cornwall without any significant impact on tourism."

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