SOURCE: Carmanah Technologies Corporation

March 15, 2007 17:02 ET

Carmanah Receives $548,000 Contract to Supply i-STOP® Solar Led Bus Stop Lighting Systems to California Transit Authority

VICTORIA, BC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 15, 2007 -- Carmanah Technologies Corporation (TSX: CMH) is pleased to announce it has been awarded a follow on contract from California's Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) to supply and install its proprietary i-STOP® solar LED-illuminated bus stops. This contract is valued at Cdn$548,000.

This new order follows the successful rollout of 710 i-STOP® illuminated bus stops over a two-year period that began in April 2005. The initial units were primarily installed along OCTA's "Nite Owl" routes which operate 24 hours a day. This order of i-STOP® systems will be used to provide bus stop lighting at other locations throughout the county.

Carmanah's i-STOP® solar LED bus stops won significant public support by providing a safer environment for waiting passengers and making riders more visible to bus drivers. The self-contained design and easy installation of the i-STOP® bus stops also resulted in significant cost savings to OCTA over traditional hard-wired lighting systems. Over the last two years, they have also been field-proven to be reliable, durable and resistant to vandalism.

"We are pleased that the initial rollout of i-STOP® systems with OCTA was so successful," states Carmanah's CEO, Art Aylesworth. "This follow on order is an additional example of the growing mainstream acceptance of our solar LED integrated lighting technologies."

About the i-STOP® Solar LED-Illuminated Bus Stop

Carmanah's 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.

Utilizing Carmanah's award winning, patented solar LED lighting technology, they can be installed quickly and cost-effectively with no trenching, wiring, traffic disruption or site remediation. i-STOP® bus stops are entirely modular, enabling transit authorities to choose one or more of the following LED-based lighting features:

--  Security area lighting -- providing a safer environment for waiting
    passengers. This area lighting also allows passengers to be more visible to
    bus operators;
    
--  An edge-lit illuminated schedule -- featuring low profile, uniform
    illumination that enables passengers to readily view bus route information
    from dusk to dawn;
    
--  A 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. In addition, i-STOP® bus stop lighting systems are fully UL and NCRP 350 approved.

About the Orange County Transportation Authority

OCTA is one of the fastest growing transit agencies in the United States, providing public transportation services to approximately 65.7 million passengers annually. OCTA operates 76 bus routes, providing service to all of Orange County as well as several cities in Los Angeles County. With continuous growth in its ridership, demand for late night service has increased in recent years. To be responsive to the transit riding public, OCTA implemented twenty-four hour service along some of its most heavily used routes in September 2002. Marketed as "Nite Owl," this service has been very well received by OCTA passengers.

About Carmanah Technologies Corporation

Carmanah is an award-winning manufacturer specializing in renewable and energy-efficient technology solutions. The Company is currently focused on three technology groups: solar power systems & equipment, solar-powered LED lighting 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 Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "CMH" and on the Berlin and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges under the symbol "QCX." For more information, please visit www.carmanah.com.

On Behalf of the Board of Directors,
Carmanah Technologies Corporation

"Praveen Varshney"
Praveen Varshney, Director
This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on management's current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties are described under the caption "Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements" and "Key Information - Risk Factors" and elsewhere in Carmanah's Annual Report for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2005, as filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and which are incorporated herein by reference. Carmanah does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this press release.

(No.2007-03-04)

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