US Coast Guard Stocks Up on Carmanah Solar-LED Marine Lanterns for Hurricane Season

June 2, 2009
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VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA (June 2, 2009) The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has placed an order for hundreds of solar-LED marine lanterns from Carmanah Technologies (TSX: CMH). Valued at approximately $600,000, this latest shipment of 701-5 and 704-5 lanterns will replace older incandescent lanterns throughout the region, while providing an additional level of safety and security for marine traffic and Gulf Coast communities during the hurricane season.

Durable, reliable and easy to deploy on a moment’s notice, Carmanah solar-powered lanterns are widely used by coast guards and port authorities around the world, both as permanent aids to navigation, and for emergency preparedness and disaster-response applications. After Hurricane Charley swept through Punta Gorda, Florida in 2004, Carmanah’s solar-powered beacons were the only visible points of light on an otherwise blacked-out the river. When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans the following year, Carmanah diverted its entire inventory and production to help meet the immediate demand for stand-alone marine, railway and aviation lights throughout the region. Carmanah lights are ideal for emergency applications because they are solar-powered and fully self-contained. They can be installed anywhere in minutes, operate reliably for years without need of external electrical infrastructure, and are virtually indestructible.

According to Mat Regier, Carmanah sales channel manager for the Southeastern United States, this latest shipment of lights will be deployed as aids to navigation across 19 regions, including New Orleans; Galveston, Texas; Corpus Christi, Texas; and Mobile, Alabama, with a portion being stored at strategic locations for emergency response. “While providing reliable day-to-day service as bright and effective aids to navigation, this shipment of solar LED lanterns also offers a stand-alone lighting alternative that can be deployed wherever they’re needed at a moment’s notice,” said Regier.

About Carmanah Technologies Corporation

As one of the most trusted names in solar technology, Carmanah has earned a reputation for delivering strong and effective products for industrial applications worldwide. Industry proven to perform reliably in some of the world’s harshest environments, Carmanah solar LED lights and solar power systems provide a durable, dependable and cost effective energy alternative. Carmanah is a publicly traded company, with common shares listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “CMH”. For more information, visit

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