Carmanah Contributes to Malahat Safety Improvement Project in British Columbia

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Carmanah has supplied the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation with R247C solar-powered flashing beacons for installation on the new median barriers near Goldstream Park on Vancouver Island's Malahat Drive. Carmanah's beacons are playing a part in a highway improvement project on this well-travelled stretch of highway to improve traffic safety.

Carmanah's R247C solar flashing beacon on the Sea-to-Sky Highway, BC.
R247C 24-hour solar LED flashing beacon installed on the Malahat highway in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

As a section of the Trans Canada Highway, the Malahat Drive runs from Goldstream Park, just north of Victoria, to Mill Bay, British Columbia. The Malahat ascends to a 356-metre summit and winds through a scenic stretch of rugged, mountainous terrain. Due to regular high winds as well as poor nighttime and bad weather visibility, the Malahat is notorious as a dangerous stretch of highway with accidents and fatalities every year.

The Ministry of Transportation recently began a project to improve safety on the Malahat which included the addition of median barriers. Carmanah's R247C solar LED beacons were selected to enhance visibility of these barriers based on past success with Carmanah's products on the Malahat.

The Ministry also chose Carmanah's R247C because of the Company's recent success with the product on British Columbia's Sea-to-Sky Highway, a highway linking West Vancouver with Whistler, BC, and the location of Athletes Village and primary snow sports venue for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Carmanah's R247C 24-hour solar flashing beacons will provide enhanced visibility for warning signs and median dividers along Highway 99, drawing attention to sharp curves, obstructions, and speed zones. Carmanah's ultra-compact solar LED roadside beacons are ideally suited for the narrow median divider and limited shoulder space of the Sea-to-Sky Highway.

Carmanah's R247C beacons install in minutes onto existing 2" square or 2 3/8" round signposts with no trenching or cabling and they are completely self-contained with no external control cabinets. For unparalleled reliability, they operate using Carmanah's core MICROSOURCE™ energy management system, a technology proven in more than 250,000 installations in 110 countries. The R247C beacons automatically adjust to prevailing solar conditions to ensure continuous, dependable operation. They will flash 24 hours per day 365 days per year and are engineered for up to five years of maintenance-free operation.

For more information, visit www.roadlights.com or contact Carmanah's Roadway Division at:

Toll-free (North America): 1-877-722-8877

Worldwide: +1 (250) 380-0052

Fax: +1 (250) 389-0040

E-mail: info@roadlights.com


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 www.carmanah.com.