Solar Traffic Lights Drive Carmanah Sales

Carmanah Technologies Corporation announce that it has sold an additional $110,000 worth of its “Dual Flash IQ” solar-powered LED crosswalk lighting systems through its U.K. distribution partner, Solagen Ltd.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – May 17, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] Since introducing the technology in July 2001, Carmanah has now sold approximately 870 Dual Flash IQ crosswalk flashers to over 40 transportation authorities in the U.K. and Europe through Solagen. “Widespread field trials in the past few years are starting to pay off as cities discover our cost advantages over hard-wired lighting,” Art Aylesworth, Carmanah’s CEO. “We are now poised to reproduce this success in the North American market.” The Dual Flash IQ units are school crossing flashers, also known as “waggers” or “wig-wags” by British street lighting engineers, that are placed 50 meters from school crossings to warn approaching traffic that children may be crossing the road ahead. Using Carmanah’s signature solar/LED technologies, the Dual Flash IQ products were introduced into the U.K. and European markets for extensive field trials in 2001. In April 2002, they were voted runner up in the category “INNOVATIONS: Contribution to Sustainability” at the UK Lighting Industry Design Awards. In September 2002, they became the only solar-powered, LED-illuminated wagger to receive official “Type Approval” from the U.K. Highways Agency – a critical step for widespread use. In February of this year, Carmanah’s introduced its crosswalk technology to North America as the Model R829 School Zone Beacon and the Model R820 Pedestrian Beacon. The City of Victoria, British Columbia, became the first North American city to install the R820, the latest in a series of Carmanah road lighting innovations to come to North America following early success in the U.K. Carmanah said their self-contained solar-powered crosswalk beacons can be installed in just 30 minutes and for as little as one-tenth the cost of conventionally powered lights, with no cabling, trenching or electrical connections required. Once installed, they operate for up to eight years with no operational or maintenance costs. Carmanah’s proprietary MicroSource electronics ensure reliable operation virtually anywhere in the world by automatically tuning light output and charging to local environmental conditions. To operate reliably, the lights require only two hours of peak sunlight per day and have the capacity to operate up to 30 days without additional solar charging. The high-efficiency LEDs have a lifespan of at least 100,000 hours, or approximately 40 years of operation.

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