Relocation of Walter Roth MuseumGovernment seems to be clueless about where it will be relocating the Walter Roth Museum, and as the days progress, Guyanese from all walks of life are expressing their disappointment at such a move.People’s Progressive Party Chief Whip Gail Teixeira on Friday said the more than 500 online signatures to the petition to save the museum, has also seen widespread condemnation for the move by the Ministry of the Presidency to have the museum relocated:“The latest insult of Government to the Amerindian citizen is the move by the President to remove the Walter Roth Museum and the way it was done by having GDF soldiers moving in to inform staff that they had to move was even scarier.”The current location of the Walter Roth MuseumShe said the museum is a “living tribute to the Amerindian Peoples of Guyana from prehistoric times to now.” Ironically, she said, like the decision to relocate the Stabroek Market vendors or close the Wales Sugar Estate, “they have no clue where they are relocating this museum” as a mandate given by Junior Minister of Public Infrastructure Annette Ferguson has been unsuccessful.Last week, the Ministry of the Presidency said it was removing the Walter Roth Museum and its employees to the National Museum by the end of the year. This announcement came one day after Guyana Times broke the story about government’s plan to move the museum.The museum was founded with the collections of Guyanese Archaeologist, Dr Denis Williams and in 1980, the ethnographic collections of Dr Walter Roth, Mr JJ Quelch and Sir Everardim Thurn were transferred to the museum from the National Museum. The Walter Roth collections also include excavated artefacts from all 10 Administrative Regions.Former Culture, Youth and Sport Minister, Dr Frank Anthony, had stated that the museum is an institution and instead of dismantling it, “we have to be preserving it and growing it because it has a very important role to play in Guyana.”Dr Anthony said he does not think the President is aware of the space the National Museum has, since it has been overcrowded with its artefacts: “They cannot display their current holdings because there is a lack of space and to move an entire museum and somehow cram it into the space of the National Museum, I don’t think that is possible.”Dr Anthony added that if it is true the President wanted all the museums in one place then the Government would have to construct another building and he does not believe that they are rebuilding the current museum, and “if they are doing that, where are they getting the budget from because there was no budget voted in 2016 for it.”The Walter Roth Museum was established in 1974 but did not open to the public until 1982. It is located on Main Street, Georgetown and is famous for its journals in some of the leading universities of the world.
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California now has more installed photovoltaic (PV) capacity than a number of European nations as well as Australia, and it sits at the top of the heap in the U.S., according to a new report.The latest U.S. Solar Market Insight Report from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) ranked California ahead of the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Australia, and Belgium and is the first state in the U.S. to have more than 10,000 megawatts of installed solar capacity, SEIA president and CEO Rhone Resch said in a statement.If California were a nation, it would rank sixth in the world in installed PV capacity, with enough solar to power nearly 2.6 million homes.Of the 718 MW of new capacity installed in the first quarter of the year, the majority, 399 MW, is in utility-scale projects. Another 231 MW is residential and the balance of 88 MW consists of commercial installations. Collectively, the additions amount to an investment of $1.7 billion.“To put the state’s remarkable progress in some context, today California has 10 times more installed solar capacity than the entire nation had in 2007,” Resch said.He attributed the “explosive growth” to public policies such as the federal solar Investment Tax Credit, Renewable Portfolio Standards, and net-metering.Prices for installed residential PV systems dropped 4% year-over-year in the first quarter, and are nearly 50% lower than they were five years ago.“The upswing in residential installations is expected to continue in the foreseeable future, especially in light of a recent report by the California Energy Commission, which shows that more than a quarter of all new homes being built in Southern California are being constructed with solar energy systems,” Resch’s statement added. “Presently, there are 2,226 solar companies at work throughout the state, employing 54,700 Californians — and those numbers are continuing to grow.”After California, the next five states ranked in order of first-quarter installations were Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Massachusetts, and Texas. Other conclusionsThe new Market Insight Report also made these points:Solar installers are looking for ways of combining PV with other technologies and services, including distributed energy storage, load control in the form of smart thermostats or smart home kits, demand response, and electric vehicle charging.The growth of residential PV systems is especially strong, up 76% over the first quarter of 2014 and up 11% from the fourth quarter of 2014.Non-residential PV installations are slipping, down 3% from the first quarter of last year and down 24% from the fourth quarter of last year.State incentives are “less critical” in a handful of states, but in most markets across the U.S. state incentives are still necessary to make residential PV installations economically viable.