Durham College Powers Up with Carmanah Solar Technology

Designed to supplement the campus’s primary utility feed, the grid-tie photovoltaic system will help keep demand and electricity bills under control, while providing students with a real-world example of renewable energy technology in action.

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA (August 12, 2009) Durham College is using solar technology to help conserve energy and reduce electricity costs at its Whitby, Ontario campus. Designed to supplement the campus's primary utility feed, the grid-tie photovoltaic system will help keep demand and electricity bills under control, while providing students with a real-world example of renewable energy technology in action. The new solar power system is part of a 40,000-square-foot expansion and upgrade of the college's Whitby campus that is designed to increase energy efficiency and energy production while supporting a range of energy-focused programs and learning facilities. Valued at over (CAD) $500,000 installed, the grid-tie photovoltaic system from Carmanah Technologies will be supplied by Osso Electric Supplies (a division of Sonepar Canada Inc.) and installed by Space Age Electric (Oshawa) Ltd.


Founded in 1967, Durham College offers a vast range of full and part-time programs designed to connect students with real-world career opportunities. With a focus on developing the skills needed to excel in today's fast-changing economy, Durham College maintains an outstanding success rate, with 86.5 per cent of 2008 graduates employed within six months of graduation. The college's Whitby Campus is home to the Skills Training Centre with its main campus located in Oshawa, Ontario.

Carmanah Technologies is a leading provider of solar power systems for grid-tie applications across Canada. Other recent grid-tie applications include the Toronto Parking Authority and the Jean Canfield Government Building in Prince Edward Island " named Canada's 2008 Solar Project of the Year by the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA).

For more information on this or other solar grid-tie applications within Canada, contact Richard Wayte at rwayte@carmanah.com, or visit Carmanah at www.solarforbuildings.com

About Durham College

Offering a vast range of full- and part-time programs and courses, Durham College has more than 6,300 full-time students, thousands of part-time students and more than 1,400 apprentices. For more information, visit durhamcollege.ca or call 905.721.2000.

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 www.carmanah.com

Media Contact:
David Davies
Tel: +1.250.382.4332
ddavies@carmanah.com

Featured Product

OMG Roofing Products  - PowerGrip Universal

OMG Roofing Products - PowerGrip Universal

Eliminate Solar Rack Ballast and Reduce Rooftop Material Handling. PowerGrip™ Universal (PGU) is a commercial roof mount system designed to secure solar racks and other equipment to any type of commercial roofing system. PGU provides a secure connection directly to the roof deck or structural members and is designed to reduce or eliminate ballast in solar racking systems, so there's less weight on the roof and less material handling. Made of heavy-duty cast aluminum, PGU units include a base ring which is secured through the roofing cover and into the structural roof deck, and a waterproof top plate.