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Carmanah Awarded Contract for Solar-Powered Bus Stop Systems

Carmanah Technologies Corporation Press Release - 2/26/2007

LA County MTA to purchase 245 i-STOP® solar-powered LED bus stop lights

i-STOP® solar-powered LED bus stops

i-STOP® solar-powered LED bus stops

VICTORIA, B.C. - Carmanah's Transit Lighting Division has received an order from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) to deliver 245 of its i-STOP® solar-powered LED bus stops. This order follows the successful rollout of thousands of stops with other local agencies in southern California.

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is unique among the nation's transportation agencies. It serves as transportation planner and coordinator, designer, builder and operator for one of the country's largest, most populous counties. With over 18,500 stops, Metro also was recently named America's Outstanding Transportation System by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).

Carmanah's i-STOP® solar-powered LED bus stops provide a safer environment for waiting passengers and making riders more visible to bus drivers. Easy installation of the i-STOP® bus stops has resulted in significant cost savings to Metro over traditional hard-wired systems. Carmanah's i-STOP® solar-powered LED bus stops are designed to operate for up to five years without any maintenance and are shock-proof, vibration-proof and resistant to vandalism.

About the i-STOP® Solar-Powered LED Transit Stop

Carmanah's proprietary i-STOP® bus stop is a compact, completely self-contained, solar-powered LED bus stop lighting system that installs onto most standard bus stop poles. The i-STOP® unit is entirely modular, enabling transit authorities to choose one or more of the following LED-based lighting features:

  • UL and NCRP 350 approvals;
  • Security area lighting to provide a safer environment for waiting passengers. This down lighting also allows passengers to be more visible to bus operators;
  • An edge-lit illuminated schedule with low-profile, uniform illumination that enables passengers to readily view bus route information from dusk to dawn;
  • Carmanah's patented i-SIGNAL™ bus signaling device - a flashing beacon that notifies an oncoming bus that a stop is required. This beacon is visible up to a 1/4 mile in the day, and 1 mile in the dark.

All features are user-activated via ADA-compliant, self-illuminating buttons, including Braille labels with easy-to-read tactile lettering. Utilizing Carmanah's award-winning, patented solar-powered LED technology, the i-STOP® bus stop lighting system can be installed quickly and cost-effectively with no trenching, wiring, traffic disruption or site remediation.

For more information about Carmanah's unique solar-powered LED transit shelter and bus stop lighting solutions, please visit

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".

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