Carmanah’s Solar LED School Zone Beacons Approved by Florida Department of Transportation

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April 20, 2011

Carmanah is pleased to report that the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has approved the R829 series solar LED school zone beacon with calendar-based operating software under the certification #67014360427011.

Carmanah is currently the only manufacturer of self-contained, compact solar LED school zone flashing beacons approved in the state of Florida. Carmanah’s approval comes after more than 1 year of analysis and testing by FDOT engineers to ensure that the solar LED school zone flashers meet all requirements. Florida is recognized by other DOTs across the United States as having the most demanding process for traffic product manufacturers seeking approval.

About the R829 Solar LED School Zone Flashing Beacon

The R829C is a complete solution – the solar panel, battery, and electronics, are all self-contained in a compact enclosure located above the traffic signal head(s). This design eliminates any need for cumbersome battery or control cabinets that are common targets for vandals and potential hazards for pedestrians. It is currently the only MUTCD-compliant* solar LED school zone flashing beacon available that can be mounted on a standard signpost.

The R829C also utilizes Carmanah’s core MICROSOURCE® energy management system, a technology proven in more than 150,000 installations, that enables it to operate for up to five years maintenance-free and reliably under all environmental conditions at most locations in North America.

The R829C is fully user-programmable and comes with intuitive Microsoft Windows®-based graphical software that enables users to enter up to 500 days of operation. The operation of multiple R829C school zone flashers can be programmed once and then copied to all units, providing significant time savings. With optional centralized control, users can also remotely program one or more R829C units using most third-party communication devices, such as pager-programmable time switches and two-way radios.

For the traffic industry, Carmanah also manufactures solar LED 24-hour flashing beacons, as well as compact and efficient LED edge-lit street-name signs. Both of these products are also approved by Florida Department’s Approved Product List of Traffic Control Devices.

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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.


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