Country divided on RES pros and cons, ‘informed’ on PVs

The country is divided on the pros and cons of renewable energy sources while roughly one in three Greek residents feel only moderately informed on the RES sector, a nationwide study conducted by the Democritus University of Thrace between 2018 and 2019 has shown.

A 28.21 percent proportion of survey participants – the highest percentage for the question – admitted they were “not at all” familiar with wind generators, while 40.72 percent, the top score, stated they are “well enough” informed on photovoltaics in land properties.

Opinions were divided on a question asking if the installation of solar and wind energy facilities insult or destroy the aesthetics or natural beauty of buildings and/or the natural environment, 31.08 percent responding “rather no”, 21.33 percent opting for “maybe” and 15.67 percent choosing “rather yes” in the survey’s multiple-choice responses.

An overwhelming majority of respondents believe climate change is affecting life quality, 43.81 percent choosing “yes” and 31.96 percent opting for “rather yes”.

The survey, titled “A Panhellenic Social Survey (2018-19) regarding the Quality of Life, Energy Needs and Peoples’ Attitudes towards RES”, was recently presented at an IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science.