Light Up for a Life

Royal Flying Doctor Service lands via solar LED lighting at Theodore Airport, Queensland

Monday, April 3, 2006

Theodore Airport, QueenslandFederal Government Minister for Transport and Regional Services, Warren Truss, dedicated the installation of new solar powered lighting at the Theodore Airport in Queensland at the weekend. At the official opening Mr Truss said that local residents had worked tirelessly to raise the funds necessary to replace the flares that previously lit the runway. "The lights became essential after the Royal Flying Doctor Service decided that for safety reasons it could not land at Theodore Airport outside of daylight hours. To their credit, residents of the town donated their own money to replace the flares with permanent lighting."

"As a small town with only one medical practice, townspeople rely heavily on the Royal Flying Doctor Service to provide emergency medical services." Mr Truss said that since the Flying Doctor nightime service was withdrawn, there had been cases where people had to be driven 45 minutes to another airstrip so they could be flown to Brisbane or Rockhampton hospitals.

The lighting selected consisted of 60 Carmanah 702 and 601 solar powered LED lights, supplied by Orion Solar Solutions. Solar power was selected because of the lower cost of installation and the fact that there are no ongoing running costs. Mr Truss commented on the selection of solar powered lights by recalling experiences of circling airfields when pilot activated lighting had failed. He said that leaving the activation of the lights to nature would be more reliable.

The Minister with Shire Council members
Richard from Orion with Ron Bock

Richard from Orion with Ron Bock
The Minister with Shire Council members

The lights will be managed and maintained by Banana Shire Council, whose councillor Ron Bock was a driving force behind the project.

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