Sopogy Solar AC Demonstration in California Begins Operations in an Effort to boost use of Renewable Energy

July 21, 2009

Sopogy Solar AC Demonstration in California Begins Operations in an Effort to boost use of Renewable Energy

July 21, 2009


Date: 7/21/09

Contact: Sopogy Corporate Communications 


Los Angeles, CA – Sopogy, Inc.’s proprietary MicroCSP™ solar collectors will be used in combination with a thermal air conditioning unit to demonstrate the power of a solar air-conditioning demonstration system.  The Solar A/C program sponsored by Southern California Gas Co. (The Gas Company) a subsidiary of Sempra Energy.  The demonstration, is part of an overall effort to provide customers with energy solutions that will reduce costs, increase efficiencies, and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

Sopogy’s solar collectors, which were installed on the rooftop of The Gas Company’s Energy Resource Center (ERC) in Downey, California, will produce 10 tons of cooling, or enough air-conditioning to cool three average-sized homes. The system will provide solar thermal heat by concentrating the sun’s energy on a collection tube and heating the recirculated heat transfer fluid within the system. The generated heat will then be used in conjunction with absorption chillers to provide a renewable source of industrial cooling for the air-conditioning system at the ERC.

“We are extremely pleased to demonstrate how Sopogy’s SopoCool MicroCSP technologies can be used to produce renewable space cooling to The Gas Company,” says Darren T. Kimura, CEO of Sopogy.  He added, “It isn’t obvious that solar thermal energy can be used to create air conditioning but the efficiencies in doing so are incredible and the system displaces the burning of a significant amount of fossil fuels.”

Sopogy’s MicroCSP technologies are being deployed around the world including United States, the Middle East, Europe, Asia and Hawaii.  The unique scalability and modularity of MicroCSP make it ideal for distributed generation applications such as electricity, process heating, and solar air-conditioning.  Sopogy has engineering partners throughout the globe, who are certified to help develop and construct solar plants in their specific regions.

SopoCool is Sopogy’s proprietary solar air conditioning packaged system.  This combines an absorption thermal chiller, Sopogy’s solar collectors and Sopogy’s electronic controls necessary to operate the system automatically.  To see how SopoCool systems work please visit this SopoHow video on YouTube:

About Sopogy

Sopogy specializes in MicroCSP solar technologies that bring the economics of large solar energy systems to the industrial, commercial and utility sectors in a smaller, robust and more cost effective package. Sopogy’s goal is to create solar solutions that improve the quality of life and simplify the solar power business.  Please visit for more information.

About Southern California Gas Company

Southern California Gas Co. has been delivering clean, safe and reliable natural gas to its customers for more than 140 years.  It is the nation’s largest natural gas distribution utility, providing safe and reliable energy to 20.5 million consumers through 5.7 million meters in more than 500 communities.  The company’s service territory encompasses approximately 20,000 square miles in diverse terrain throughout Central and Southern California, from Visalia to the Mexican border.  The Gas Company is a regulated subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE).  Sempra Energy based in San Diego, is a Fortune 500 energy-services holding company.

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