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Fed invests in Solar Power Project for Kelowna


March 31, 2008  By Newswire

The Government of Canada is investing $500,000 in an outdoor lighting project in Kelowna, B.C. Speaking at the GLOBE 2008 conference, Minister of Natural Resources Gary Lunn was joined by Sharon Shepherd, Mayor of Kelowna, and Philippe Favreau, Chief Operating Officer of Carmanah Technologies for the announcement.

"Our Government is pleased to support this innovative solar-powered technology project and its potential to benefit communities across Canada and around the world," said Minister Lunn. "By working in partnership with industry and communities, Canada can lead the way in reducing energy costs, increasing the use of clean energy and creating a healthier environment for Canadians."

The one-year project, developed by Carmanah Technologies Corporation of Victoria, B.C., will install a network of 100 self-contained solar power systems to light public spaces in Kelowna including parks, pedestrian and bike trails, accent lighting, and security and safety lighting. The Government of Canada contributed $500,000 to the project through Natural Resources Canada, including $20,000 of in-kind support from NRCan’s CANMET Energy Technology Centre.

"We’re thrilled to be a partner in this pilot project that showcases responsible energy management," said Mayor Shepherd.


On average, Kelowna receives more than 2,000 hours of sunshine a year, making it an ideal location to demonstrate the potential of Carmanah’s EverGEN lighting system.

"It’s great to see such a commitment to renewable energy technology, both on a national level and locally, right here in our home province of British Columbia." Said Philippe Favreau, COO of Vancouver Island-based Carmanah Technologies.

The Government of Canada’s support for this project is part of a commitment to help Canadians reduce energy costs and be energy-efficient. As part of its comprehensive ecoACTION plan, the government is investing $3.6 billion in ecoENERGY initiatives to help Canadians use energy more efficiently, boost renewable energy supplies and develop cleaner energy technologies.

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