The Guyana Energy Agency (GEA), over the past few weeks, has installed 12 solar powered street lights around the Stabroek Market square area.The eastern facade of the Market was also outfitted with energy-efficient lights.According to GEA Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr Mahender Sharma, the project cost $9,611,000.“This project is in keeping with the Government of Guyana’s ‘Green Initiative’, which is in keeping with the Agency’s vision to provide reliable energy in an environmentally, socially and sustainable framework,” Dr Sharma noted.Head of the Project, Kenny Samaroo, explained that LED technology was more efficient than fluorescent (CFL) technology, and the change would result in an almost 50 per cent reduction in energy consumption.Moreover, Samaroo noted that based on the existing street lights tariff, the 12 solar powered street lights will result in annual energy savings of about 4205 kilowatt hour (kWh), resultant annual cost savings of about $184,170 and 2523 kilogram of avoided CO2. The computed simple payback period, when compared to a similar installation using utility powered 80W LED lamps, is six years.The second component of the intervention will result in annual energy savings of about 19,710 kWh, resultant annual cost savings of about $1,321,950 and 11,826 kg of avoided CO2. The computed simple payback period is 1.6 years.“The initiative was in keeping with the Agency’s mandate to carry out research into all sources of energy, including those sources presently used in Guyana, for the generation of energy and securing more efficient utilisation of energy and sources of energy…,” Samaroo explained.Another component of the project was the replacement of the 750 compact fluorescent lamps that lined the eastern facade of the Market, with 7-Watt LED bulbs.The lights are controlled by a light sensitive circuit, which switches the lights on in the evenings and turns them off at dawn. As part of the energy conservation features of the initiative, the technology dims the lights by 50 per cent when motion is not detected and it returns to 100 per cent brightness when motion is detected.One advantage of the systems, Samaroo added, is that the lights are not powered by the utility, thereby avoiding the use of fossil-based energy from the grid and the associated costs.The GEA will continue to monitor the installations and provide technical support and maintenance.
Health officials in five states announced a recall Friday affecting 100,000 pounds of frozen ground beef patties produced by Richwood last year. Wood said all of the recalled beef was turned into a variety of products on April 28, 2006. The recalled products are hamburger patties and ground beef sold under the brands Fireriver, Chef’s Pride, Ritz Food, Blackwood Farms, California Pacific Associates, C&C Distributing, Golbon and Richwood. The affected states are California, Arizona, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. The children all fell ill after eating hamburgers at the St. Helena and Calistoga Little League baseball snack shacks and have since recovered. Two other possible cases are being investigated. Sample tests on the children and the meat will be completed Wednesday, said Mike Bowman, spokesman for the California Department of Health Services. MERCED – The company that distributed hamburger patties believed to have sickened at least three Napa County children with E. coli bacteria is blaming the contamination on the slaughterhouse that processed the meat. Steve Wood, vice president for Merced-based Richwood Meat Co. Inc., said he does not know which slaughterhouse provided the meat. Richwood receives raw, boneless meat from suppliers and turns it into hamburger patties and other products. The slaughterhouses that supply Richwood are required to provide lab tests certifying the meat is clean when it leaves their factories, but inspectors usually only test small samples of each batch and can miss a contaminated portion, Wood said. “It’s supposed to be clean, but they are picking out little samples here and there,” he said. “It’s not 100 percent (tested).” E. coli infection causes abdominal cramps and diarrhea. It typically resolves itself in five to 10 days, but complications can arise in young children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. Wood said the bacteria would have been killed if the concession stand operators had thoroughly cooked the meat. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!