Victoria, British Columbia, Canada - April 8, 2005 - Carmanah
Technologies Corporation (TSX Venture: CMH) is pleased to announce
that the Company's recently opened European office in London, England
has received a purchase order in the amount of $200,597 to provide
the City of Edinburgh Council with its proprietary i-SHELTER (TM)
solar LED (light-emitting diode) bus shelter lighting systems.
Carmanah's i-SHELTER (TM) lighting systems will be introduced across
the Edinburgh public transport network by Commutaports Ltd., one of
the UK-s largest suppliers of passenger shelters and modular covered
walkways. The order follows a successful trial that identified
Carmanah's solar LED lighting technology to be a reliable,
cost-effective solution to increasing passenger security and
visibility at night compared to conventionally-powered shelter
"Edinburgh has discovered the potential of Carmanah's solar LED
lighting systems to enhance public transport travel at vastly reduced
cost to the public purse," states Carmanah's CEO, Art Aylesworth.
"Scotland is an extremely challenging solar power environment, but
the performance and reliability of our technology resulted in our
selection as the supplier of solar shelter lighting for the country's
As a World Heritage Site and one of the U.K.'s most popular tourist
destinations, Edinburgh faces the increasing problems of traffic
congestion. The city is currently investing in its public transport
system under the Central Edinburgh Traffic Management Scheme.
Increasing public transport use will help achieve goals of reduced
traffic congestion and improved air quality set out in the National
Air Quality Strategy. Illuminated bus shelters are one way to make
public transit a more efficient and attractive alternative to
automobile use. The City of Edinburgh transport leader, Andrew
Burns, states "if more people are to use bus services after dark it
is essential that we increase the sense of security at bus shelters
by making sure that as many bus shelters as possible have lighting.
Unfortunately, the cost of providing lighting at all shelters has
been extremely expensive due to the costs associated with
establishing a power connection. A cost-effective alternative is the
use of solar-powered lighting at a limited number of bus shelters."
About i-SHELTER (TM) Solar LED Shelter Lighting Systems
Carmanah's i-SHELTER (TM) is a completely self-contained shelter
lighting system that harnesses the sun's energy to power
high-intensity LEDs (light-emitting diodes). Helping to tackle
public concern about security and comfort at night, Carmanah's
i-SHELTER (TM) technology makes passengers more visible to bus
drivers and allows passengers to read timetable information easily at
any hour. Costs are kept significantly lower than conventional
grid-connected lighting as roads and pavement are untouched during
installation, and there are no power permits required or ongoing
electrical costs. In addition, every solar-powered lighting system
installed contributes to Scotland's target of ensuring 40 per cent of
electricity is generated from renewable sources by 2020.
i-SHELTER (TM) systems are designed to adapt to any shelter design
and feature the rugged reliability of all of Carmanah lighting
products. Scotland received a vivid demonstration of this ruggedness
last December when a Carmanah marine navigation light washed ashore
on the island of Papa Stour, Shetland Islands, after going adrift off
Canada's East Coast over a year earlier. Locals were able to spot
the buoy easily because the Carmanah light was still flashing after
journeying over 5,800 kilometres in the North Atlantic.
Carmanah is currently one of the largest suppliers of solar-powered
LED transit lighting systems for the City of London. In addition,
more than 40 transportation authorities throughout Europe and more
than 75 transit authorities in North American have already installed
Carmanah's solar-powered LED lighting systems.
The first Carmanah i-SHELTER (TM) system is due to be installed in
Edinburgh in May 2005. For more information about Carmanah's solar
LED transit and road lighting products in the United Kingdom, please
Carmanah is an award-winning manufacturer of proprietary LED-based
lighting and illumination products for the public transit, marine,
aviation, roadway, and industrial worksite and illuminated signage
markets. The Company has more than 100,000 solar-powered LED
lighting installations and 50,000 LED illuminated sign installations
in 110 countries. The shares of Carmanah Technologies Corporation
are publicly traded on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol
"CMH" and on the Berlin and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges under the
symbol "QCX". For more information, please visit www.carmanah.com.
On Behalf of the Board of Directors
Carmanah Technologies Corporation
" Praveen Varshney "
Praveen Varshney, Director
For further information, please contact:
Mr. Mark Komonoski, Director
Telephone: (403) 252-6047
Fax: (403) 252-5580
Mr. David Davies
Tel: (250) 382-4332
Ms Michelle Walsh
UK Marketing Manager
Tel: 00 44 (0) 208 323
This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning
of the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities
Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on
management's current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a
number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to
differ materially from those described in the forward-looking
statements. These risks and uncertainties are described under the
caption "Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements" and "Key
Information - Risk Factors" and elsewhere in Carmanah's Annual Report
for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2003, as filed with the U.S.
Securities and Exchange Commission and which are incorporated herein
by reference. These risks and uncertainties are also described under
the caption "Risk Factors" in Carmanah's Annual Information Form
dated December 31, 2003, as filed with the British Columbia
Securities Commission and which are incorporated herein by reference.
Carmanah does not assume any obligation to update the
forward-looking information contained in this press release.