Solar Power Free to Low-Income Homes in DC
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.
1.Solar panel 太阳能电池板
Some analysts are less pessimistic about the prospects for solar panel manufacturers in the West.
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3.move into 迁入;迁居
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4.set up 建立；开设；成立
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1."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."
hit goals 实现目标；得分
I think most runners can hit their goals without going harder than tempo pace.
By the end of the month, they hit their quarterly goals and were well on the way to putting to bed projects that were over a year behind schedule.
2.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.
topped with 覆盖着；铺有
Sushi is vinegar rice topped with other ingredients, such as fish and meat.
Her students push their colorful pencils topped with thick, spongy erasers across their tablets.
太阳能电池板对于华盛顿特区较为富裕的家庭来说已经屡见不鲜 。而现在这项昂贵的技术正逐渐实现平民化，居住在这里的人们可以免费安装太阳能电池板 。
华盛顿东南区最为人所知的就是供低收入群体生活的保障性住房，而非新技术 。但现在那里的一些家庭也安装上了太阳能电池板 。
蒂拉·费尔德（Tila Felder）是众多太阳能电池板受益者之一 。她对这样低能耗的技术赞不绝口 。
当地政府向年收入只有或低于50500美元的三口之家的家庭提供这种太阳能电池板 。四口之家的年收入水平可以放宽至6万美元，也就是说他们也有资格获得这种太阳能电池板 。
泰德·特拉布韦（Ted Trabue）在华盛顿特区可持续能源公共事业项目部门任职 。他表示他们计划为数百个家庭安装太阳能电池板 。
他说：“今年我们预计要安装135户，明年的目标是200户 。过去的四年里我们都实现了预定的目标 。在此之后的几年里，我们的经费有了保障，每年为250户家庭安装太阳能电池板完全不在话下 。”
阿塔·基阿拉什（Atta Kiarash）是负责安装太阳能设备的技术工人 。他说，今年他得安装1200多套的太阳能电池板 。这个数字和加利福尼亚等其他州比起来不算很高 。基阿拉什先生和华盛顿政府官员认为，到2016年太阳能电池板的安装量可能会翻倍 。
他说，“一般情况下，客户都是通过我们之前做过的项目或者是老客户了解到太阳能电池板，然后和我们取得联系 。我们核实完他们的收入，并且进行实地考察确保其符合安装条件 。如果符合条件，我们就会把他们列入施工计划的方案并着手为其安装 。”
这个项目的资金支持来自于工厂以及炼油厂所缴纳的碳排放费用 。政府官员表示随着太阳能电池板的推广可以节省数百万美元 。他们还认为，对贫困家庭的能源补助也会相对减少，电费开支也会下降 。此外还可以创造新的就业机会 。
埃德温·艾梅克（Edwin Amaker）也是一位居住在华盛顿东南区居民 。看着屋顶上16块新安装的太阳能电池板他笑的合不拢嘴 。
华盛顿官员希望明年启动一个帮助小型企业在其建筑物上安装太阳能电池板的项目 。他们希望将美国首都变成一个清洁环保的太阳能城市 。