Governor Lingle names Sopogy CEO to Innovation Council

August 31, 2007


Lingle names 18 to Innovation Council

August 30 – “You are the best of the best, and I am counting on you to help lead the way in increasing innovation in Hawai`i,” Governor Lingle said at the first meeting of the Hawai`i Innovation Council.

Established by the Governor through an Executive Order on June 1, 2007, the Hawai`i Innovation Council will serve as the principal advisory group to her Administration on innovation policy issues, as well as specific measures and actions that the state can take to improve Hawai`i’s innovation capacity.

“Studies that outline the criteria for suitable environments for innovation show that Hawai`i is a perfect place for it.” Karl Hess, a member of the National Science Board.

The 15-member council is co-chaired by three nationally-recognized entrepreneurs who are Hawai`i residents or part-time residents. They are Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of Salesforce.com; Ron Higgins, president and CEO of RSHF, LLC; and Jay Shidler, founder and managing partner of The Shidler Group.

The Council will meet on a quarterly basis to discuss and assess progress, and make recommendations on Hawai`i’s innovation policies and programs; coordinate with state, federal, county and private sector organizations to increase the positive economic impact of Hawai`i’s innovation assets and resources; and provide a forum for ideas to enable Hawai`i to become a global leader in innovation and technology research, development and product creation.

Three entrepreneurs will be co-chairmen:

* Mark Benioff, chairman and CEO of salesforce.com and a part-time Big Island resident.
* Ron Higgins, president and CEO of investment management firm RSHF LLC.
* Jay Shidler, founder and managing partner of The Shidler Group of Honolulu.

Other council members are:

* Taft Armandroff, director of the W.M. Keck Observatory on the Big Island.
* Kirk Belsby, vice president for endowment for Kamehameha Schools.
* Dan Berglund, president and CEO of the State Science and Technology Institute, a nonprofit based in Ohio that helps states and communities build tech-based economies.
* Richard Brill, a professor of physical science at the University of Hawaii-Manoa.
* Darrel Galera, principal of Moanalua High School.
* Debra Guerin-Beresini, CEO of International Venture Fund, which has been doing business in Hawaii for 17 years.
* Karl Hess, board member of the National Science Foundation & Policy Advisors to the U.S. President and Congress.
* Leigh Jerome, director of The Institute for Triple Helix Innovation, a nonprofit based at UH-Manoa’s John A. Burns School of Medicine.
* Darren Kimura, president and CEO of Sopogy Inc., a Hawaii-based solar energy company.
* Karen Knudsen, chairwoman of the Hawaii State Board of Education.
* Mark Lindsay, teacher at Iolani School and organizer of its For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology Robotics team.
* Mark Loughridge, president of Aloha Island Inc., a Honolulu-based video game and software-development company.
* David McClain, president of the University of Hawaii system.
* John Rand, director of Kapiolani Community College’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math program.
* Patrick Sullivan, founder, chairman and CEO of Oceanit, a Hawaii-based science and engineering company, and president and CEO of Hoana Medical, a company that makes medical devices.

Governor's Innovation Council - Kimura, Higgins, Governor Lingle

L-R (Darren T. Kimura, Chairman Ron Higgins, Governor Linda Lingle, Co-Chairman Jay Shidler)

Congressman Abercrombie visits Sopogy @ NELHA

August 30, 2007

August 29, 2007

Keahole, HI – Darren T. Kimura, President and CEO of Sopogy, Inc. hosted Congressman Neil Abercrombie on Wednesday for a tour of the Sopogy beta solar farm at the Natural Energy Laboratories of Hawaii. Congressman Abercrombie made a special visit to the Natural Energy Laboratories to view Sopogy’s SopoNova technology and receive a briefing on the proposed 1 megawatt solar farm project, the first solar concentrating system in the state and the largest solar power facility in the history of the State of Hawaii.
“I believe that Hawaii can one day be energy independent. With that goal in mind, I am working to support alternative energy systems like Sopogy in the State of Hawaii. This is imperative to make our island more secure and to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that are beginning to wreak havoc on our weather systems and coral reefs” said Congressman Abercrombie regarding energy independence.

“The congressman’s support is key in helping us get Hawaii independent of imported fossil fuels” said Darren T. Kimura. “The 1 megawatt solar farm will provide enough power for 1,000 Hawaiian homes and use clean, renewable energy.”

About Sopogy, Inc.
Sopogy, Inc. is dedicated to enabling the renewable energy economy by dramatically increasing energy production through widespread use of its Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) technologies. Sopogy offers a cost-effective method for producing process heat used to create electricity, air conditioning, steam and hot water.

For detailed information about Sopogy’s MicroCSP technology, please visit www.sopogy.org

Sopogy President is awarded first ever Green Entrepreneur of the Year Award

August 28, 2007

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Actor Jason Scott Lee will give a keynote address at the inaugural “Who’s Keeping Hawai’i Green” event sponsored by Hawai’i Home+Remodeling, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Moanalua Gardens. He also will receive an award.The project involves local partners — businesses and individual — who are environmentally conscious of keeping Hawai’i “green.”

Awardees will include: Maui County Recycling Program WasteWater Reclamation Program, Hawaiian Mahogany, Kona Brewing Company, ProVision, Hawaiian Earth Products, Gentry Homes, Ferraro Choi and Associates, Lincolne Scott Inc., Dowling Company Inc., Dev Braganza of Hunt Development Group, The Green House, Betty Gearen, Ma’o Organic Farm, Jason Scott Lee, Gail Grabowsky, Darren Kimura of Sopogy & Energy Industries; and Chuck Burrows for the lifetime achievement.

Sopogy Seeks $9M To Grow Concentrating Solar Business

August 27, 2007
By Jonathan Shieber 8/27/2007

Concentrating solar technology company Sopogy Inc. is launching a new $9 million fund-raising effort as it expands its business in the continental U.S., the company’s CEO told VentureWire.

The Honolulu-based company is establishing its sales office in California and is looking at opening another office in the Midwest, according to an interview with Chief Executive Darren Kimura.

“We’re at the expansion stage,” Kimura said. He plans to use the funds that the company expects to raise to grow its mainland presence and expand its manufacturing and research and development, he said.

Sopogy has already established a foothold in the U.S. with its recently announced deployment of the company’s concentrating solar power technology at the Avista Clean Energy Test Site in Rathdrum, Idaho. Spokane, Wash.-based Avista Corp. produces, transmits and distributes energy across three Northwestern states.

The trial will demonstrate how Sopogy’s technology will perform in a Northern climate, demonstrating power on a utility-grid scale, Sopogy said.

Sopogy has developed a small-scale solar thermal technology that can be used to process heat, or for electricity generation, the company said. The goal is to develop distributed systems that can be cheaply installed on residential and light-commercial rooftops, to supply renewable power to utility grids, Kimura said.

It has been a busy summer for Sopogy. In addition to lining up the project in Idaho, the company also received approval to receive $10 million in special purpose revenue bonds from Hawaii.

The bonds will assist with the planning, design and construction of a solar power plant at Hawaii’s National Energy Laboratory or another suitable site, the company said.

The company had previously raised $3 million in seed funding from undisclosed institutional and angel investors. Sopogy is listed on the Web site of the portfolio of Hawaii Angels, a nonprofit investment group that pools money from individuals. http://www.sopogy.org

Sopogy to Test Solar Power Technology in North Idaho

August 21, 2007
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Date: August 21, 2007

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Contact: Jim Maskrey, Vice President of Business Development

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Sopogy to Test Solar Power Technology in North Idaho

August 21, 2007

Spokane, Wash. – Sopogy, Inc. of Honolulu, Hawaii, will deploy its concentrating solar power (CSP) technology at the Avista Clean Energy Test Site located in Rathdrum, Idaho. The trial is to demonstrate how Sopogy’s system will perform in a northern climate, generating power on a utility grid scale.

Avista, a Spokane based electric and natural gas utility company, created the Clean Energy Test Site to allow for deployment and testing of emerging renewable energy technologies. Ultimately the applications could provide additional renewable energy for utility customers.

Sopogy’s MicroCSPTM is designed to provide thermal energy as process heat, generate electricity, or provide air conditioning in areas with the right solar conditions. Many areas of the Northwest have long days and clear summer skies and a summer daytime peaking load, an ideal condition for MicroCSPTM technologies.

“This is an exciting step toward helping to accelerate distributed generation and wider use of renewable energy. Sopogy, Inc. is proud to be bringing the proven economics of Concentrated Solar Power to the Pacific Northwest” said Darren T. Kimura, president and CEO of Sopogy, Inc.

“Avista welcomes Sopogy to the Clean Energy Test Site,” said Roger Woodworth, Avista vice president for Sustainable Energy Solutions. “We are looking forward to working with them to prove out the merits of this technology, both on our system and in our region.”

At full deployment Sopogy plans to produce up to 50 kilowatts of electric power that will be integrated onto the Avista grid. The highest output of the Sopogy systems is expected to coincide with the peak demands of the utility’s high summer daytime load.

The initial phase of the Sopogy test deployment will begin in mid-September, with full deployment targeted for the summer of 2008.

Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) has been reliably used in the U.S. for over 30 years. These systems have been engineered for desert locations covering hundreds of acres and producing power very cost effectively. Sopogy’s technology shrinks desert CSP bringing this renewable energy opportunity to a commercial, industrial or on-site power application.

(Avista Vice President Roger Woodworth and Sopogy President Darren T. Kimura)

About Sopogy, Inc.
Sopogy, Inc. is dedicated to enabling the renewable energy economy by dramatically increasing energy production through widespread use of its Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) technologies. Sopogy offers a cost-effective method for producing process heat used to create electricity, air conditioning, steam and hot water.

For detailed information about Sopogy’s MicroCSPTM technology, please visit www.sopogy.org

Sopogy to build Mainland test facility

August 19, 2007

Pacific Business News (Honolulu) – 3:51 PM HAST Friday, August 17, 2007

Sopogy Inc., a Honolulu-based solar technology company, will build a 50-kilowatt demonstration facility at the green energy testing site of a Spokane, Wash.-based utility.

Darren Kimura, president and chief executive officer of Sopogy, said the company will sign a contract with Avista Utilities on Monday that will see the installation of an undisclosed number of solar collectors begin in about a month.

Kimura did not describe details of the deal.

Sopogy also plans to build a one-megawatt demonstration of its concentrated solar technology on the Big Island. The differences between the two locations will provide insights into how the technology works at varying temperatures, Kimura said.

“We know the technology is solid, but we don’t know how it will work in winter,” he said. “That’s the challenge for solar technology.”

Avista serves more than 300,000 electric customers in three western states and is working to incorporate renewable energy sources into its portfolio.

12 People with 12 Big Ideas

August 17, 2007

Energy
Daren Kimura
President, CEO and Chairman of Sopogy Inc.

There is no one technology that will solve all that ails us.

But if we take wind and combine it with photovoltaic and hydro-generation, and combine that with traditional generation, now you have gotten ourselves into a situation where the cost of generation goes down because we are no longer tied to fossil fuels and we have a reduction in greenhouse gases.

There are things in place to get us there. The state has enacted what’s called a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), which put a mandate on the utilities that a percentage of their generation come from renewable resources Ð 20 percent by 2020 is the goal. The challenge is that our RPS is not defined as in other states. For instance, most utilities give their consumers the opportunity to pay a penny or two more to buy their power from green energy sources. That penny or two more then goes back to the green energy project developer to help incentivize the development and expansion of his project. That option is not available here yet. Because it all starts with money. Once you have the capital available, anything is possible. You can build a large wind farm. You can build solar farm.

It also takes having the early adopters come into the market and take the risk and demonstrate the model. The entrepreneurs. And having some of the more prominent leaders do something about it. When you have one or two successful demonstrations of how the model works, it is easy for everyone to say, “Hey these guys did it, let’s do it.” We also need public awareness, because the public can apply pressure to the government, the utilities and the Public Utilities Commission.

If we can figure out a way to insulate ourselves and lower energy costs, we stand a better chance as a society of giving people a better way of life. Maybe people can cut back on that second job and spend more time with their kids. This is the kind of thing that drives me. ÐAs told to SR

Sopogy to work with Avista on clean energy

August 17, 2007

A Honolulu-based solar-energy firm is expected to be the second tenant at Avista Utilities’ test bed for clean energy sources.

Sopogy Inc. plans to use the Rathdrum facility to assess its concentrated solar power technology on the mainland, said Jim Maskrey, vice president of business development and sales.

“We really want to demonstrate the favorability of the area for concentrating solar,” Maskrey said.

Like some other concentrated solar systems, two-year-old Sopogy’s technology uses troughs outfitted with highly polished mirrors to focus sunlight on tubes containing a fluid, heating it for use in a process to create steam-generated electricity. Such systems traditionally have been large and set in desert environments, Maskrey said, but Sopogy claims its SopoNova product is smaller and more rugged.

And the system could be set up to store energy as heat for use at peak times or when the sun isn’t shining, he said.

Sopogy initially will test the tracking system, but a later phase should generate a maximum of about 50 kilowatts of power at any given time, he said. The company hopes to break ground in about a month.

Avista and Sopogy should sign an agreement Monday, said Hugh Imhof, utility spokesman.

Avista and other utilities are feeling the squeeze of recent state renewable-energy mandates. A voter initiative passed last year requires Avista to use 3 percent renewable by 2012 and 15 percent by 2020. About two dozen other states, including Hawaii, had similar requirements as of this month, according to the Pew Center on Global Climate Change.

In June, San Francisco-based startup GreenVolts Inc. unveiled plans to install a roughly 2.4-kilowatt sun-tracking solar array at the site. GreenVolts’ system, made by Ecolite Manufacturing Co. of Spokane Valley, uses photovoltaic cells to turn sunlight into electricity.

While the two types of concentrated solar may have different applications, Maskrey said, the cost of Sopogy’s system should be lower than photovoltaic. He declined to give specific price information.

“There is going to be a little bit of overlap, but there’s going to be a lot more differentiation between us where the market will adapt to what it is we’re delivering,” he said.

The Sopogy system, which will be aligned north-south and pivot to track the sun, may require six or seven acres per megawatt of power generated, Maskrey said. It also can be used for agricultural drying, air conditioning and desalinization, he said.

Heat-transfer oil piped through the system could be heated to 250 to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, Maskrey said.

Sopogy is a spinoff of Energy Laboratories, a private energy-concept incubator in Hawaii. The firm has received about $3 million in a round of venture capital funding and has 11 full-time employees, Maskrey said.

The state of Hawaii this summer approved Sopogy for $10 million in revenue bonds to help it design, build and operate a large-scale solar farm there.

Hard work pays off

August 9, 2007

Thursday, August 9, 2007 11:03 AM HST

CEO of renewable energy firm found his calling at an early age

by Bret Yager
Tribune-Herald Staff Writer

Darren Kimura learned early to use his imagination.

Growing up in Hilo, the emerging renewable energy entrepreneur didn’t have much entertainment to distract him.

“A lot of successful business people come from Hilo,” he said. “The key about Hilo is you go out and make something happen.”

Kimura, 32, is president, CEO and chairman of Sopogy Inc., which the state in June approved for $10 million in special purpose revenue bonds for a new solar farm power plant in West Hawaii.

Kimura has been passionate about renewable energy since his teen and college years. He spent that time founding two energy and communication companies and teaching computers to Waiakea Intermediate School faculty.

And Kimura intends, in a modest way, to take over the world, applying the “make it happen” philosophy to a 15-hour work day that centers entirely around renewable energy, infants and home life.

He used to surf at Honolii. Surfing was one of the first things to go. He doesn’t watch TV or go out to movies anymore.

“It comes down to priorities,” he said. “Always the most important thing to me has been my family, and business. Anything that doesn’t fit into that is no longer around.”

 

Kimura founded Energy Industries when he was 19. Fourteen years later, the energy solutions company is on the cutting edge of renewable energy research and engineering, with 12 offices and more than 200 employees in the U.S., Guam and Hong Kong.

Kimura founded Energy Laboratories in 2000 to expand and diversify Energy Industries. He describes the company as a place where energy innovations can incubate until they are ready for the market. The company has more than 20 such concepts in incubation and has turned nine others into multi-million dollar companies geared at solving energy problems.

The top earner garners $50 million in annual revenue. All of the companies started in Hawaii.

Kimura attended Waiakea High, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he studied business, and Portland State University, where he studied electrical engineering. He started Energy Industries here in Hilo while on summer break from Manoa.

From there, Kimura’s resume of start-ups begins to resemble that of a tycoon. In 1996, he created Energy Conservation in Hawaii; in 1998, Pacific Energy Services; in 2000, eCONTROLS; in 2001, EnergySmart; in 2003, Lighting and Electrical Company; in 2004, Facility Solutions. In 2006, he acquired Quantum Lighting and Quantum Energy.

Kimura lives on Oahu now, but both he and his wife, Kelly, are from Hilo. Kimura attended Waiakea Intermediate School, where he was a computer geek. He remembers enjoying the contact with nature: Camping, hiking, fishing and scouting. He wasn’t an exceptional student, he says. He attributes his success to what he calls “laser beam focus.”

After all, you have to eat your Wheaties if you want to wean a state of its dependency on foreign oil. Kimura sees that as a personal quest.

“I want energy independence for Hawaii,” Kimura said. “It’s a big task, and I want to do it in my generation. We’re 89 percent dependent on foreign oil.”

Sopogy Inc. today offers new concentrated solar power collectors to generate electricity and air conditioning, industrial steam and agricultural drying, with the potential for creating drinking water from evaporated sea water along the way. Kimura is still working to shrink the technology down to where it can be used by individual households.

“The markets we can go after now are the larger businesses and utilities,” he said.

Kimura’s new 3,000-reflector solar farm, under the name Keahole Solar Power, will be built on six acres at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority in Kona. Capable of producing a megawatt of electricity and powering 500 homes, the $8 million project will likely be online by July 2008, Kimura said. The farm will be able to produce electricity about 25 percent more cheaply than conventional means, he said.

Keahole Solar Power is in the design phase, about a month away from breaking ground if its permits come through.

“The good thing about solar is it’s typically a lot faster to construct; you’re dealing with traditional metal, glass and concrete, and you’re not dealing with rare or toxic materials,” Kimura said. “This is a good project and we want it to happen as soon as possible.”

In addressing climate change, energy security and sustainability, Kimura can’t say enough about solar. Its production cycle meshes perfectly with the human use cycle, he says, and on the sunny west side of the island, solar is very cost effective, even if it’s less so in the rainy and cloudy east side climate.

Kimura said the Big Island’s efforts at geothermal and wind-powered ventures are a step in the right direction. But with fossil fuels dwindling and global warming looming, renewable energy is not just an option, but a growing imperative to Kimura.

“Renewable energy is good for the environment, the pocketbook and society,” he said. “These are the kinds of things we have to do now. The incentives are there. There is no better time to go green.”

Bret Yager can be reached at byager@hawaiitribune-herald.com

Big Island Leads in Renewable Energy Use

August 8, 2007


The Big Island is blessed with many renewable energy resources—solar, geothermal, wind, biomass, and run-of-the-river hydro. About 1/3 of the electricity generated on the Big Island is produced from renewable energy resources. In fact HELCO, as a stand-alone utility, is a world leader for the amount and diversity of renewable energy used to generate electricity, as well as for the proportion of intermittent renewable energy resources being used.

Intermittent sources of electricity rely on nonconstant sources of power, such as wind, stream flows, and sunshine. HELCO has committed to increasing the amount of renewable resources, both intermittent and firm, used to generate electricity and is aggressively working to mitigate potential system reliability impacts of intermittent renewable energy resources.

Independent power producers in Hawaii can take advantage of beneficial financing options and generous federal and state energy tax credits that may not be available to a public utility like HELCO. However, HELCO continues to support the development of renewable energy by purchasing renewable energy from the independent power producers.

Additionally, HELCO supports the installation of customer-sited renewable energy systems under the state’s net energy metering
legislation, which allows excess power generated by customers from renewable energy sources to be fed into the power grid.
Current independent power producers include: Puna Geothermal Venture, with 30 megawatts (MW) of geothermal power; Hawi Renewable Development, with 10.6 MW of wind power; Pakini Nui, with 20.5 MW of wind power; and Wailuku Hydro, with 12.1 MW of hydropower; along with other smaller producers.

Looking forward, independent power producer Sopogy, Inc. is planning to construct a 3.5-MW concentrating solar energy farm.
With so many renewable energy options available, we at HELCO can foresee no circumstance under which we would seek to construct a new fossil fuel plant.

View full story: helco_consumer_lines_aug07.pdf

Making technology more practical attracts investors

August 4, 2007

  

Pacific Business News (Honolulu) – August 3, 2007

Tina Yuen, PBN

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The aluminum trough-shaped solar collectors developed in the warehouse of Honolulu-based Sopogy Inc. do not represent the next revolution in solar energy generation.  The company doesn’t revolt. It specializes in evolution, fashioning design improvements that increase the practicality of proven technology.  “We try to go after markets that already exist, providing near-term, modest solutions,” said Darren Kimura, president and CEO of the company he founded in 2006.

Next-generation technology

Sopogy builds next-generation parabolic reflectors that concentrate solar power, maximizing energy output from a low-cost, durable system that can be set up on or off the power grid.  The strategy has earned Sopogy the attention of two local venture capital groups, as well as the state, which this year made available up to $10 million in special-purpose revenue bonds to finance a one-megawatt power plant to be connected to the Big Island grid.  “Darren’s company is taking technology that has been proven to work in other areas, but has not been fine-tuned in Hawaii,” said state Sen. Carol Fukunaga, D-Makiki-Tantalus-Punchbowl, who proposed the legislation to provide the revenue bonds. “He has been very innovative in his approach.”

The 3,000-reflector plant will be built on six acres of lava rock at the Big Island’s Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority for an estimated $8 million and run by a newly formed Kimura company, Keahole Solar Power.  “Our goal is to use this as a showcase,” Kimura said. “We’re a Hawaii-based company, but our market is the world.”

Kimura isn’t ready to put a price tag on his units yet, but said Sopogy’s focus has been to build a system that costs about half as much as a comparable photovoltaic system, with a return on investment in three to five years.  Sopogy’s solar units differ from the more widespread, flat-paneled photovoltaic systems seen on residential and commercial rooftops. The company’s researchers focus on concentrated solar power designs, models with oil- or water-filled pipe that runs through parabolic reflectors, capturing heat used to generate steam.

That concept isn’t new.

The innovation comes in the form of nanocoating that insulates the reflectors from salt damage, of axes that allow the reflectors not only to track the sun in quarter-degree increments, but also to be flipped over and protected with additional casing in a hurricane.  A California company manufactures the units from glass, aluminum and concrete — an attractive element of the project for investors.  “They figured out how to use a low-cost manufacturing process,” said Joelle Simonpietri, a partner at Kolohala Ventures, which invested in Sopogy last year.

Sopogy is working with two different commercial models — the 2.5-foot-wide SopoFlare and the 5-foot-wide SopoNova.  “We’re the only company out there that is trying to shrink these systems,” Kimura said.

Building the ranks

Over the next year, Sopogy will build its ranks from its current 11 employees, looking to grow into a 100-employee company, Kimura said. A second round of financing should bring an influx of at least $5 million, he said.

The company has an eye on going public in the next three years, he said, a move that would give it more liquidity and bolster its research and development, as well as manufacturing, efforts.  “Hawaii is really only our lab,” Kimura said. “Our market is California, Asia.”

But the entrepreneur from Hilo has no plans to see his company leave the state.  “I want to leave a legacy in Hawaii,” he said.

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Mr. Jonathan Ishikawa joins Sopogy as Project & Vendor Channel Manager

August 1, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: August 1, 2007
Subject: Mr. Jonathan Ishikawa joins Sopogy as Project & Vendor Channel Manager

Contact: Darren T. Kimura, President and CEO
Tel: ( 808 ) 216-3478
Email: dkimura@sopogy.org
Jonathan Ishikawa Joins Sopogy as Project & Vendor Channel Manager
Honolulu, HI – Sopogy, Inc. announced today that Mr. Jonathan Ishikawa has joined the company as its Project Manager & Vendor Channel Manager.  Prior to joining Sopogy he was a Project Manger and Business Development Manager at Pipeline Communications & Technology, Inc.  He holds a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering from Washington University ( St. Louis ) and is a current member of the Hawaii Army National Guard.
About Sopogy, Inc.
Sopogy, Inc. ( www.sopogy.org ) is a Hawaii based solar technology company founded by Energy Laboratories the “think-tech” incubator of Energy Industries.  Sopogy is a manufacturer and developer of Concentrated Solar Power ( CSP ) technologies that increase the effectiveness of solar energy. Sopogy offers a cost-effective method for producing renewable electricity, drinking water from sea water and air conditioning from the power of the sun.
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For additional information about Sopogy, Inc., please contact Darren Kimura, President & CEO at ( 808 ) 216-3478.