Carmanah Provides South Carolina State Department of Transportation with Solar Flashers

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Carmanah has received and order from the South Carolina State Department of Transportation (SCDOT) for several units of its R829C solar school zone flasher and R247C solar-powered LED warning flasher. These units will be installed throughout South Carolina.

SCDOT was seeking a reliable and cost effective means to improve safety at school zones and enhance warning signs. Carmanah's fully self-contained, compact and autonomous R247C and R829C were selected as the ideal technology for these applications. SCDOT is one of many state level DOTs that are now using Carmanah's solar-powered LED lighting and LED-illuminated street sign technologies.

About the R247 Series Flashing Beacons

Carmanah's R247 Series flashing beacons are the most advanced 24-hour solar LED flashers available on the market. Entirely self-contained, they incorporate industry standard LED traffic signal heads and are compact and light enough for installation on standard signposts. They have also been engineered to operate for up to five years without any scheduled maintenance.

Unlike any other beacon available, Carmanah's solar LED beacons feature the Company's core MICROSOURCE® Energy Management System (EMS), an advanced technology that ensures maximum system reliability while minimizing system size requirements. MICROSOURCE® EMS is a patented intelligence that enables Carmanah's solar LED beacons to automatically adjust to prevailing solar conditions, ensuring continuous, dependable operation year round under all types of seasonal and local weather conditions. MICROSOURCE® EMS was developed and refined over a period of eight years and is now field-proven in thousands of installations in more than 110 countries.

About the R829 Solar School Zone Flasher

Drawing on Carmanah's innovative compact control module or "solar engine," the R829 can be mounted high above the sidewalk, out of the path of pedestrians and out of the reach of vandals.
Significant long-term cost savings are also achieved by the R829, as it requires no external grid power. Other key operational benefits included no bulbs to replace for the life of the unit, as well as no scheduled maintenance or servicing for up to 5 years, at which point only the battery pack may need exchanging. Like the R247, the R829 utilizes Carmanah's patented MICROSOURCE® Energy Management System to automatically adjust to prevailing solar conditions for reliable year round operation under all weather conditions.

Carmanah manufactures compact solar LED flashing beacons for crosswalks, school zones, and 24-hour applications, as well as LED-illuminated street-name signs and regulatory signs. With more than 250,000 installations worldwide, Carmanah is a global leader in renewable and energy-efficient technology solutions.

For more information on Carmanah's solar-powered LED traffic products, visit 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


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