Gold Coast Goes Solar

Australia's Southport Flying Club has installed Carmanah's solar LED airfield lighting

Saturday, April 1, 2006


An airfield lighting system installed recently on the Gold Coast may indicate a new trend for general aviation airfields and an opportunity for many airfields to install lighting for the first time. Southport Flying Club have installed a solar powered lighting system which is a first for Australia and in some aspects a worlds first. For some time, the airfield's hard-wired lights had become unreliable and a decision was made to replace the lights with solar-powered LED lights from a local Gold Coast company, Orion Solar Solutions.


Carmanah solar LED airfield lights installed on Australia's Gold Coast.
Carmanah solar LED airfield lights installed on Australia's Gold Coast.
Carmanah solar LED airfield lights installed on Australia's Gold Coast.

A total of 53 lights were supplied, each light being self contained with solar panel, lighting module, battery pack and electronics. The lights are used for runway edge, taxiway edge and threshold lighting applications. They switch on automatically at dusk and go off at dawn and require only minimal sunlight to return to a full charge. The lights were supplied with regulation mounting stands designed to break away in the event of an object impacting with the lights.

Orion's technology was chosen after a successful field trial where the company's lights tested favourably against a competing alternative. "The lights are fantastic and we couldn't be happier with their performance," stated Southport Flying Club's President, Mr Errol Godbold. "The savings from having no cabling or trenching costs were significant, there was no disruption to air traffic and there will be no impact on our electricity bills."

Shortly after the lights were installed they were put to the test when parts of the airfield were flooded in the recent downpour to hit the Gold Coast. Although submerged under water, the lights continued to function and the Club reports no failures in any of the affected lights.

Orion Solar Solutions specialises in the supply and support of solar powered LED lighting products for aviation, marine, roadway and transit markets. "The Club's airfield is the first in Australia to be completely lit by solar power and we believe they are the first in the world to switch from an existing hard wired system to solar power," says John Holliday, Managing Director of Orion Solar Solutions. "We recently completed successful trials of our lights by the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Charleville and we are in discussions with a number of airfields throughout Australia for the installation of similar systems during the coming months."

For more information, contact:

In Australia:

Orion Solar Solutions
Freecall: 1800 786 608
Fax: (07) 5525 1906

Outside Australia:

Carmanah Technologies Corporation
Toll-free: 1-877-722-8877 (USA and Canada)
Worldwide: +1 (250) 380-0052
Fax: +1 (250) 380-0062

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 Venture Exchange under the symbol "CMH" and on the Berlin and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges under the symbol "QCX". For more information, please visit


This sales update was provided by Orion Solar Solutions, Carmanah's Authorized Distributor for Australia.