(Green Energy) 태양열 발전 분야 새 직장들

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By JULIE BICK ⓒ 2008 New York Times News Service MOVE over, Joe the Plumber. Spencer the Solar Panel Installer is here. ‘조 더 플러머(연관공)’께서는 물러나시지. ‘스펜서 더 솔러 패널 인스톨러(태양열 판 설치공)’께서 납시니. +Joe the Plumber: 2008년 미국 대선 때 버락 오바마 민주당 후보에게 소기업 세금 문제에 관해 질문을 던져 대화를 나눈 것이 계기가 되어 공화당의 매케인 후보의 응원 연설을 맡을 정도로 지명 인사가 된 중서부 시민. In this case, it’s Spencer Bockus, who created solar-powered fans and other contraptions for science fairs as a fifth grader in California. Today, at 22, he is on customers’ roofs, measuring where the shade will hit and hooking up photovoltaic arrays, better known as solar panels, to convert the sun’s energy into electricity. 이 경우의 스펜서는 스펜서 보커스(Spencer Bockus)이며, 캘리포니아에서 초등학교 5학년 시절에 태양열 전력으로 돌아가는 선풍기들과 그 밖의 기기들을 만들어 과학 전시회에 출품한 적이 있는 사나이이다. 22세가 된 그는 지금 고객들 네 지붕에 올라가서 그늘에 가릴 부분이 어디인지 측정을 하며, 태양 에너지를 전기로 전환시키기 위해 ‘솔러 패널’이란 이름으로 더 알려져 있는 ‘포토볼테익 어레이’(photovoltaic array)들을 연결시키고 있다. “Sometimes I’m 50 feet up on a steep roof and it’s so hot the tar is melting onto the bottoms of my sneakers,” he said, “but I’m excited because I’m helping the environment.” “어떤 때는 지상 50 피트 높이에 있는 가파른 지붕에 올라가게 된다. 너무 뜨거워서 타르가 녹아 내 신발 바닥에 붙기까지 한다”고 그는 말한다. “하지만 내가 환경을 돕고 있다는 생각을 하면 흥분을 안 느낄 수 없다.” Even in the recession, Mr. Bockus has been putting in plenty of overtime for his company, Akeena Solar, which is based in Los Gatos, Calif., and has offices elsewhere in California and in Colorado and the Northeast. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, based in Washington, there was a 45 percent increase in installed solar energy systems in 2007 over 2006. More than 3,400 companies are in the solar energy sector and employ about 25,000 to 35,000 workers, including installers, manufacturers, distributors and project developers and materials suppliers. “We estimate that will grow to more than 110,000 direct solar jobs by 2016,” said Monique Hanis, a spokeswoman for the organization. Solar workers install thermal collectors, which convert the sun’s rays into heat used to supply buildings with hot water, for heating and cooling systems and to warm swimming pools. They also install solar panels to convert the sun’s rays into electricity that can power things like appliances and lights. When more electricity is being produced than the customer is using, the excess can be stored in batteries for use at other times. When batteries are full, the surplus electricity can be exported back to the electrical grid if the building is connected to it, offsetting electricity costs from the utility company. Consumers are turning to solar energy for various reasons, including, of course, the idea that solar power creates no carbon emissions. And many people feel that solar power is important in reducing the dependence of the United States on foreign oil. Some even see a roof festooned with solar panels as an ecological status symbol. Beyond all of that, government subsidies can reduce the cost of installing solar panels. Bob Cowen of Morris County, N.J., chose solar panels for his roof for both ecological and economic reasons. To outfit his home with 49 solar panels, he paid $64,700, minus rebates of $42,500 — for an out-of-pocket cost of $22,200. “The rebates I received from the state of New Jersey made the switch to solar economically feasible,” he said. (ⓒ 2008 The New York Times) (ⓒ 2008 www.usabriefing.net)
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