Bahamian airports go solar

NASSAU, The Bahamas, July 28, 2006 – The Bahamas is embarking on a programme to install solar-powered airfield lighting systems in remote islands.

The Government has just placed a US$2.6 million order with Carmanah Technologies Corporation of Canada for the supply of 16 of its wireless-controlled solar LED airfield lighting systems. These systems are scheduled for installation on remote islands throughout the Bahamas during October and November 2006.

“Carmanah originally provided the Bahamas’ main international airport with temporary use solar LED runway edge lighting to land commercial airliners while the primary runway was undergoing airfield maintenance,” said Carmanah’s CEO, Art Aylesworth. “The installation proved very successful and we are pleased to now strengthen our relationship with the Nassau CAA by supplying reliable, cost-effective solar LED lighting solutions for its remote island VFR airports.”

The Bahamas comprised over 700 islands with a small percentage occupied. There are two major international airports on the larger islands and smaller airfields on the smaller islands which take small aircraft traffic. Sometimes air ambulances have to operate to these islands. The majority of these domestic airports do not have airfield lighting in place and the government required a cost effective, efficient, and reliable lighting technology to improve nighttime air traffic. Carmanah said its solar-powered LED airfield lighting is easy to install without any disruption to airfield operations, and it avoids the capital, maintenance and operating costs associated with diesel generator-powered systems.

The systems supplied to The Bahamas will include the Carmanah advanced A704-5 solar-powered LED wireless airfield runway edge and threshold lights with centralized wireless control. These units will operate automatically from dusk till dawn year-round under all types of environmental conditions. They can also be programmed using a centralized handheld controller for on-demand activation, selecting intensity levels or running diagnostics. Each fixture in Carmanah’s A704-5 wireless lighting system can be individually controlled or controlled in groups from both the ground or the air (pilot-activated lighting) using an encrypted 900 MHz RF signal.

The company has also provided an additional 180 of its Model 601 solar-powered LED obstruction lights for wind energy meteorological stations throughout Cuba. The order represents the second phase of the project and will bring the total number of Carmanah obstruction lights in Cuba to over 400. The lights are installed on 20-40 meter meteorological evaluation towers.

The solar-powered LED obstruction lights are self-contained and can be installed in minutes with minimal technical expertise. They are designed to operate with no scheduled maintenance for up to five years, the company said. As these fixtures use light emitting diodes for illumination, there are no bulbs to replace for the operating life of the unit. They are also shock-proof, vibration-proof and watertight and have been field-proven to operate reliably under the harshest of environmental conditions and extreme temperatures, according to Carmanah.

Carmanah is an award-winning manufacturer specializing in renewable and energy-efficient technology solutions. 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.