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VOA慢速英语[科技报道]华盛顿特区在普及太阳能电池板

2015-11-12    来源:普特英语听力    【      美国外教 在线口语培训
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 Solar panels are an increasingly common sight on the tops of homes in wealthy parts of Washington, D.C. Now the costly technology is moving into a poorer area of the city. And, the people who live there are getting the panels for free.

 
Southeast Washington D.C. is an area known more for low-income housing than new technology. But several homes in Southeast now are topped with solar panels.
 
Tila Felder is among those who have received solar panels for her home. She praised the lower energy costs.
 
"I am very excited. My electric bill has really dropped. The last few months it's been $40 per month [compared to] $200 a month."
 
Local officials make these solar panels available to residents whose yearly earnings are at or below $50,500 for a family of three. A family of four can make up to $60,000 a year and qualify for the panels.
 
Ted Trabue is with the local government program, DC Sustainable Energy Utility. He says they plan to put solar panels on hundreds more homes.
 
"We're doing about 135 this year; next year the goal is 200. We've been able to hit ours goals every year for the last four years. In the years after that, the funding looks secure. I see no reason why we shouldn't be able to do more like 250 homes."
 
Atta Kiarash installs solar-equipment. He says he will set up as many as 1,200 solar panels this year. That is not a high number compared to states like California. But Mr. Kiarash and other Washington officials believe the number of installed panels could double by 2016.
 
"Most of the time; most of our clients hear (of) us through word of mouth, through other jobs we've done in the past or through existing clients, and what they do is they reach out to us and we do the income qualification and we come out and do a site visit and make sure that they qualify. And if they qualify, we just put them on our construction schedule and we get the job started.
 
The program is paid for with fees from factories and oil processing centers for their carbon dioxide emissions. Government officials expect millions of dollars in savings as the solar panels become more popular. They believe energy subsidies to poor families will be cut and electric costs will go down. They add that new jobs will be created.
 
Edwin Amaker also lives in Southeast Washington. He is pleased with the 16 new solar panels on his roof.
 
"Well, I was told that I would save between 30-40 percent which is major, you know, when you start talking about the price of energy nowadays. So I like that; the less money out of my pocket, the more money I have for the family."
 
Washington officials hope to start a program next year to help small businesses install solar panels on their buildings. They hope to turn the nation's capital into an environmentally-clean solar city.
 
I’m Jonathan Evans.
文本来源于普特论坛[report整理] SENEWS-2015-10-12

 太阳能电池板在华盛顿特区富裕地区的家庭房顶上越来越司空见惯。如今这项昂贵的技术正普及到华盛顿特区较贫穷的地区,这些地方的居民将免费获得太阳能电池板。

 
华盛顿特区东南部以保障性住房而非新技术著称。但是,东南部的一些家庭现在在楼顶安装了太阳能电池板。
 
Tila Felder正是获得了太阳能电池板的住户之一,她称赞能源成本降低了。
 
“我太激动了,电费确实下降了,上几个月的电费是每个月40美元,而原来是200美元一个月。”
 
地方官员为年收入不高于50500美元的三口之家提供太阳能电池板,年收入达到60000美元的四口之家也有资格获得。
 
Ted Trabue就职于华盛顿特区可持续能源公用事业项目,他称他们计划将太阳能电池板推广至数百户家庭。
 
“我们今年正在推广的有135户,明年的目标是200户。我们在过去的四年都达标了,在未来的几年里,经费有保障,推广至250户家庭完全不是问题。”
 
Atta Kiarash负责安装太阳能设备,他称自己今年将安装1200套太阳能电池板,这个数字相比加利福尼亚并非大数字,但是Kiarash先生和其他华盛顿特区官员相信到2016年安装电池板的数字应该会翻倍。
 
“很多时候,我们的多数客户通过口碑或我们之前做的其他项目或老客户听说我们,然后联系我们,接着我们看他们的收入是否合格,然后我们进行实地考察确保他们是否合格,如果他们有资格,我们就把他们列入施工日程上,然后我们开始动工。”
 
该项目的资金来自工厂和炼油中心缴纳的碳排放费。政府官员预测随着太阳能电池板的普及能节省数百万美元。他们相信对贫穷家庭的节能补贴将削减,电费将降低,他们还补充称将创造新的工作岗位。
 
Edwin Amaker也居住在华盛顿特区东南部,他对房顶上的16个新安装的太阳能电池板很满意。
 
“他们告诉我,我得知可以节约30%到40%。所以我喜欢太阳能电池板,电费掏得少了,我的家用就更多了。”
华盛顿特区官员希望明年开始帮助小企业在建筑房顶上安装太阳能电池板,他们希望将美国首都变成一个环保清洁的太阳能城市。
 
我是Jonathan Evans.


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