Carmanah Provides Flashing Beacons to the City of Pinellas Park in Florida

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Carmanah has received an order from the City of Pinellas Park, Florida for a number of its R247C 24-hour solar LED flashers and R820C crosswalk warning flashers. These units will be installed at various locations throughout the City.

Pinellas Park Traffic Division's transportation philosophy supports seeking the best solutions to meet the needs of the traveling public. In order to improve driver safety and lower the cost of installation, the City chose Carmanah's solar-powered LED flashers to make crosswalk and intersection improvements

Carmanah's solar-powered LED flashing beacons are designed to operate reliably in the hot and humid conditions found in the state of Florida. With their compact and modular design, Carmanah's flashers also stand up well during periods of high winds.

Carmanah is currently the only manufacturer with self-contained solar LED flashers that are approved and listed on the Florida DOT Approved Product List.

About the R247 Series Flashing Beacons

Carmanah's R247 Series flashing beacons are the most advanced 24- hour solar flashers available on the market. Entirely self-contained, they incorporate industry standard LED traffic signal heads and are compact and light enough for installation on standard signposts. They have also been engineered to operate for up to five years without any scheduled maintenance.

Unlike any other beacon available, Carmanah's solar LED beacons feature the Company's core MICROSOURCE® Energy Management System (EMS), an advanced technology that ensures maximum system reliability while minimizing system size requirements. MICROSOURCE® EMS is a patented intelligence that enables Carmanah's solar LED beacons to automatically adjust to prevailing solar conditions, ensuring continuous, dependable operation year round under all types of seasonal and local weather conditions. MICROSOURCE® EMS was developed and refined over a period of eight years and is now field-proven in thousands of installations in more than 110 countries.

About the R820C Solar LED Pedestrian Crosswalk Beacon

The R820C is the most compact, energy-efficient and cost-effective solar LED pedestrian crosswalk beacon available on the market. With no trenching, cabling, grid power hookup, or disruption to traffic flow, the R820C can be installed for a fraction of the cost of traditional hardwired systems; in fact, with minimal technical expertise, this unit can be installed in minutes onto any existing signpost. Once in place, the R820C improves driver awareness of pedestrians at uncontrolled crosswalks.
Like the R247, the R820C utilizes Carmanah's patented MICROSOURCE® Energy Management System to automatically adjust to prevailing solar conditions for reliable year round operation under all weather conditions.

The R820C is also the only self-contained, solar LED pedestrian crosswalk beacon that meets all MUTCD* requirements for flashing beacons Other key operational benefits included no bulbs to replace for the life of the unit, as well as no scheduled maintenance or servicing for up to 5 years, at which point only the battery pack may need exchanging.

Carmanah manufactures compact solar flashing beacons for crosswalks, school zones, and 24-hour applications, and LED illuminated street-name signs and regulatory signs. More than 250,000 installations worldwide attest to the reliability and operational benefits of Carmanah's products. For more information Carmanah's solar-powered LED traffic products, visit or contact Carmanah's Roadway Division at:

Toll-free (North America): 1-877-722-8877

Worldwide: +1 (250) 380-0052

Fax: +1 (250) 389-0040


About Carmanah Technologies Corporation

Carmanah is an award-winning manufacturer specializing in energy-efficient technologies. The Company is currently focused on three technology groups: solar-powered LED lighting, solar power systems & equipment and LED-illuminated signage.

Carmanah is headquartered in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and has branch offices and/or sales representation in 11 cities across Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. With more than 250,000 installations worldwide, Carmanah is one of the world's premier suppliers of energy-efficient products.

The shares of Carmanah Technologies Corporation are publicly traded on the TSX under the symbol "CMH" and on the Berlin and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges under the symbol "QCX". For more information, please visit

* Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) is the standard for signs, signals and pavement markings in the USA.