StarMetro Goes Green with Solar Lighting

August 11, 2008
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Beginning this week, StarMetro will install 88 Carmanah i-STOP solar lighting systems. The stand-alone solar-powered lighting systems will provide increased safety and security for evening riders.

The i-STOP features rider friendly elements such as the i-SIGNAL, security down lighting and illuminated scheduling. The i-SIGNAL, a push activated flashing beacon, will alert coach drivers of waiting riders, while the down lighting will shine on waiting riders and route information. The pole-mounted lighting system integrates the passenger-activated bus signal and illuminated route schedule into one compact solution.

“We care about our riders; their safety and security is what matters most to us at StarMetro,” said Ralph Wilder, superintendent of maintenance for StarMetro. “That’s why putting in solar lighting was a no-brainer to us.”

In addition to the i-STOP, StarMetro hopes to install solar lighting panels to existing and new shelters next month.

The Carmanah Technologies Corporation, a global provider of renewable and energy-efficient technologies, oversees the design, manufacturing and distribution of a range of energy-efficient products. Free of electrical grid connections, Carmanah solar lighting solutions install easily with the existing infrastructure and provide significant cost-saving benefits.

For more information, please contact StarMetro at 891-5200. To view all StarMetro routes and schedules, please visit