Carmanah Provides a British Columbia College with a Building Integrated Solar Power System

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Carmanah's Power Systems Division has received an order from a glazing contractor for a 5.0 kW Amorphous Silicon (a-Si) BIPV (Building Integrated Photovoltaics) grid-tie package. The solar power system will be installed at the new Trades & Technology Centre for Kwantlen University College in Cloverdale, BC.

The BIPV system will be integrated into the building's curtain wall during the construction phase by using standard glazing techniques. A curtain wall is an architecturally-designed series of modular panels which act as an outer envelope and hang off the main building structure. The panels can be made of glass, metal, prefab masonry or concrete, or in this case, solar modules. Solar energy created by the system is used to subsidize traditional grid power, reducing both energy costs and the building's environmental impact.

The BIPV system developed by Carmanah in conjunction with BCIT for this particular application includes 36 units of 141 watt custom a-Si solar modules and two 2500 Watt/208 VAC inverters. The solar modules blend seamlessly into the facade of the building, indicative of the industry trend which sees solar cells being incorporated into buildings as architectural features.

For more information on this project, or Carmanah's BIPV solutions in general, please visit or contact:

Richard Wayte

Power Systems Group

Carmanah Technologies Corporation

Worldwide: +1 (778) 371-8880

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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.

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