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Monday, December 08, 2008

Green Government Facility Named Canada's Solar Project of the Year

Green Government Facility Named Canada's Solar Project of the Year
Carmanah receives CanSIA Award for "Jean Canfield Building" Solar Power System

VICTORIA, BC, CANADA December 8, 2008- Carmanah Technologies Corporation (TSX:CMH) today received the CanSIA "Solar PV Project of the Year Award" for a grid-tied solar power system installed on the Jean Canfield Building in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. In accepting the award at the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) conference in Toronto earlier today, Carmanah CEO Ted Lattimore expressed his thanks on behalf of the entire project team, and commented on the global shift towards using renewable energy technology to create healthier and more efficient environments in which to live and work.

At the Jean Canfield Building's grand opening celebration this spring, the Department of Public Works and Government Services Canada had declared the 500-person facility "one of the most environmentally friendly buildings ever constructed by the Government of Canada." Complementing the building's impressive list of environmental technologies and design efficiencies, the Carmanah grid-tied solar power system uses a 636-square meter rooftop array to generate up to 111,000 watts of electrical power from the sun's energy. A web-based interface displays key system information -- including the amount of energy produced and greenhouse gases avoided -- online (www.solarforbuildings.com) and on a display screen in the lobby.


As a complement to the building's primary electricity supply, the grid-tie solar power system offsets the amount of power drawn from the grid and helps keep monthly power bills low, all while reducing the building's dependency on the electrical utility. According to Ron St. Onge, project manager with Public Works and Government Services Canada, the grid-tie solar power system supplies approximately 8-10% of the building's electrical requirements, helping to keep demand, and electricity bills, under control. "It requires virtually zero maintenance, and aside from monitoring electrical production, it's self sufficient," said St. Onge.


The CanSIA solar conference is held annually to help highlight opportunities, programs and achievements within the solar industry. For more information, visit CanSIA at www.cansia.ca, or visit Carmanah at www.carmanah.com.


About Carmanah Technologies CorporationAs 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 carmanah.com

Investor RelationsRoland Sartorius, Chief Financial OfficerToll-Free: 1.877.722.8877 investors@carmanah.com Media Relations David DaviesTel: +1.250.382.4332
ddavies@carmanah.com


This release may contain forward-looking statements. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "expects," "plans," "estimates," "intends," "believes," "could," "might," "will" or variations of such words and phrases. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance, or achievements of Carmanah to be materially different from any future results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. These statements are based on management's current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties which 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, 2007, as filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. The risk factors identified in Carmanah's Annual Report are not intended to represent a complete list of factors that could affect Carmanah. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Carmanah does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this press release.

1 comment:

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