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Orion Solar was formed in 2004 to supply a range of solar powered LED lighting solutions for commercial applications throughout Australia. To launch the company Orion teamed up with Carmanah Technologies of Canada, pioneers in the manufacture of lighting solutions for the tough, mission-critical applications of the aviation and marine industries.

Initially Orion concentrated on the supply of aids to navigation for coastal and inland waterways, runway, taxiway and other lighting for remote airfields, obstruction lighting for towers and cranes and various road traffic beacons. Over the years, the advances in solar panels, LED luminaires and our own energy control systems has opened the market for outdoor solar lighting of all kinds, including street lighting. This now represents the largest market for Orion.

Orion’s focus is very much on commercial grade, off-grid lighting systems. Wherever hard wired power is unavailable or difficult to access, we can supply a competitive solution. The markets where we have found success include the mining industry for remote work and accommodation areas, local government for public area lighting, main roads for country highways and rest areas and recreational marine areas such as wharves and jetties.

Orion Solar is now the regional marketing partner for Carmanah, plus we also represent associated companies, Sabik from Finland and Sol from Florida. We also distribute solar bollards and architectural lighting from First Light Technologies and we have a number of products which we have developed and manufactured locally. 

Orion is based on Queensland’s Gold Coast from where we support customers throughout Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and other regional countries. We are corporate members of The illuminating Engineering Society of Australia and New Zealand.

Meet the team

Richard Holliday
Founder & General Manager
John Holliday
Managing Director

Our Suppliers

We have partnered with Carmanah Technologies to offer our customers solar-powered LED outdoor lighting for roadways, parking lots, parks, and other areas. Carmanah and its subsidiary, Sol Inc., have provided solar LED solutions since 1990, and has installed over 75,000 systems in over 60 countries on six continents.

With solar-powered products on the rise internationally, many customers are dissatisfied with improperly sized and low-quality products. Thanks to experienced engineering and manufacturing, Carmanah’s product quality and specifications are among the best in the industry. What makes Carmanah one of the top companies?

  • Premium, quality-tested components for a long-lasting product
  • Customized systems properly configured to each location, ensuring long-term reliability
  • World-class customer support and warranty
As a preferred partner, we have been technically trained and are highly qualified to deliver on Carmanah’s expertise in solar outdoor lighting. We can offer reduced technical and commercial risk, strong local support, and peace of mind.    

Official Carmanah Illumination Partner 2016