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City of Kelowna "Goes Green" With Solar-Powered Area Lighting

Carmanah Technologies Corporation is working with the City of Kelowna, British Columbia, to equip the community's parks, paths and other public spaces with solar-powered LED lighting technology. As part of its "Going Green" strategy, Kelowna will install 100 Carmanah EverGEN solar-powered area lights in a citywide deployment of renewable technology. A Government of Canada grant of $500,000 will help support the outdoor lighting project as part of the government's commitment to help Canadians reduce energy costs, increase energy efficiency, and develop cleaner energy technologies. The government will contribute $480,000 in funding from the Technology Early Actions Measures program and $20,000 of in-kind support from Natural Resources Canada (NRCan).

The solar-powered lights will illuminate green spaces and other public areas to help enhance convenience, security, and visual appeal throughout the city. With no trenching, cabling or permits required, each area light can be installed in minutes at a fraction of the cost of a wired light source, to provide years of trouble-free operation without the scheduled maintenance or monthly utility bills of traditional electric lights. To ensure consistent illumination levels, each light uses Carmanah's built-in MICROSOURCE energy management system to dynamically manage the changing relationship between light output and available energy resources. By using the sun's energy as an alternative power source, each solar-powered LED (light emitting diode) light can help the community to reduce its dependency on grid-based electricity, for a clean, economical and maintenance-free lighting alternative.

As one of BC's fastest-growing cities, Kelowna is committed to sustainability for the health and wellness of its citizens and future generations. Under the guidance of Mayor Sharon Shepherd, the city is always looking for new ways to reduce its environmental footprint, making this citywide commitment to solar technology a logical step. With this wide-scale commitment to renewable energy technology, Kelowna is leading the way as a true innovator, and one of Canada's leading solar cities.

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