April 4, 2007  -  

Victoria-based Carmanah Technologies Corp. has entered a supply agreement with the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Portland, Ore., to provide more than 550 solar-powered LED bus shelter lighting systems.

The supply agreement is valid from March 1 to Feb. 28, 2009.

The district has an option to extend the contract for three more years.

If fully exercised, the value of the deal is about $1.6 million.

The district has been using Carmanah’s unique i-Shelter solar-powered light-emitting-diode bus shelter lighting systems since 2004, when it retrofitted 52 systems to existing shelters along one of its frequent service lines.

Carmanah’s i-Shelter lighting systems are designed to operate without servicing for up to five years, at which point only battery replacement may be required.

The district serves 1.3 million people and has ridership of 60 million passengers a year.