1976: We're always amazed at the way trends come and go. In a 1976 CB survey, 80% of respondents said they expected solar heating systems to become popular in their regions. More than 60% planned to carry solar equipment. "Solar energy will not play a dominant role in meeting our energy needs in this century, but government studies indicate it may provide 8% of our energy by 2000.
Fast forward: a June, 2010 survey conducted by Applied Materials, Inc. reveals that two-thirds of Americans believe solar technology should play a greater role in meeting the country's energy needs.