March 2, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] British Columbia-based Carmanah just secured a contract renewing an agreement with the Canadian Coast Guard. Through Carmanah’s east coast distributor Go Deep International, the agreement sets the terms for future sales of Carmanah’s solar-powered LED (light emitting diode) aids-to-navigation lights to the Coast Guard. Carmanah said their patented Microsource technologies enable its marine lights to be entirely self-contained, compact, maintenance free and extremely reliable. The company said their light designs provide significant cost savings, as they extend the maintenance interval from 1 year to 5 years and enable the use of smaller, lighter aids-to-navigation buoys that can be serviced with fewer personnel and smaller boats. There’s also some serious potential in the U.S. market. On December 8, 2003, the U.S. Coast Guard enacted a regulation that will allow private aids to navigation (PATONs) to use LEDs instead of tungsten-incandescent light bulbs. The new rule, effective March 8, 2004, will allow thousands of PATONs in the U.S. to officially use Carmanah’s solar-powered LED lights as a low-cost lighting alternative.