Hawaii’s largest Concentrating Solar Power project using Sopogy MicroCSP technology announces groundbreaking

October 27, 2010

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Honolulu, Hawaii – October 27, 2010 – Sopogy, Inc., a leader in micro concentrating solar power (MicroCSP™) technology, will supply its proprietary solar thermal collectors for a five-megawatt MicroCSP plant, which broke ground today on Kalaeloa, Oahu– marking the largest CSP project for Hawaii.

The Kalaeloa Solar One project is a partnership between the State of Hawaii, Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) and Keahole Solar Power (KSP) for land in Kalaeloa to establish a home base for the clean energy project. The State of Hawaii has also recently announced a Feed-In Tariff to enable renewable energy projects.

According to the chairman of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Kaulana Park, the ground blessing marks a tremendous step forward in implementing the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative to source 70% of its energy consumption from renewable sources by 2030. The project will supply clean energy for Hawaii as well as provide DHHL with rent monies which will in turn be used to build homes and fund educational programs for native Hawaiians.

“I’m excited about the future and know this is just the first of many more projects here in Hawaii,” said Governor Linda Lingle. “Five megawatts is a significant amount into our grid system and I look forward to it coming online and showing that Hawaii is in fact a renewable energy leader in the region and in the world. We know the things we learn and achieve can be used all over the world to allow others to achieve that same kind of energy security and independence, especially other island communities, island nations and island states.”

Kalaeloa will become a model for achievement to surrounding communities and the islands of Hawaii. Adopted in March 2006, the Kalaeloa Master Plan includes allotment of three million square footage of light industrial, commercial, retail and office space – set to create an estimated 7,000 jobs and approximately 6,350 residential units – with opportunities for high-tech and alternative energy development.

“Sopogy developed a fast and simple template solution which meets our internal rate of return goals,” said Edward Lui, member of the board of directors at KSP. “The MicroCSP package includes the concentrating solar collectors and thermal storage which is not only delivered quickly, but also assembled on-site at a very cost-effective price.”

Key advantages of MicroCSP technology include high efficiencies, low cost and robust applications which can be highly effective on buildings or ground installations to provide electricity, heat and cooling. The storage and backup capabilities of CSP plants offer significant benefits for the grid by providing a buffer for short-term variations such as during cloudy conditions or at night.

“Another key benefit is Sopogy’s manufacturing process and use of conventional materials,” says Darren T. Kimura President and CEO of Sopogy. “Not only can our modules be produced locally, but our collectors can also be manufactured anywhere in the world. The technology is designed to be manufactured in a piece fashion, flat packed at the factory in a container and transported or shipped directly to the project site.”

Sopogy’s MicroCSP system uses solar thermal technology consisting of parallel rows of proprietary parabolic mirror collectors, optics and an integrated tracker to concentrate the sun’s energy on a centrally-located receiver tube and re-circulate heat transfer fluid within the system. By producing thermal energy, the generated heat will then be used in conjunction with a power block engine to provide a renewable source of power.

About Sopogy
Sopogy, Inc. engages in the development, design, manufacturing and marketing of MicroCSP technologies – a comprehensive, low temperature, low cost approach to solar thermal. MicroCSP brings the economics of large Concentrating Solar Power systems to the industrial, commercial and utility sectors in a more manageable, durable and faster to deploy kit. Sopogy’s technologies are designed for the 2-50MW power class, 100-1,000 ton solar thermal air conditioning size and unlimited quantities of industrial process heat. The company’s two megawatt solar thermal field has been operational in Kona, Hawaii, U.S.A. since March 2009. It demonstrates the effectiveness and reliability of MicroCSP with Sopogy’s proprietary thermal energy storage solution. Sopogy’s award winning SopoNova solar collector was named New Product of the Year by the National Society of Professional Engineers and received Plant Engineering Product of the Year. The company was founded in 2002 and is based in Honolulu, HI, U.S.A. Please visit www.sopogy.org for more information.  Sopogy MicroCSP – the Technology behind Energy.

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Sopogy MicroCSP solar technologies to power Hawaii’s largest Concentrating Solar Power plant

October 12, 2010

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Honolulu, HI – October 12, 2010 – Sopogy, Inc., a leader in MicroCSP™ solar power technology development, manufacturing and installation, will supply its proprietary micro-scaled concentrated solar thermal collectors to the Keahole Solar Power (KSP) five-megawatt plant in Kalaeloa located on Oahu’s Leeward Coast.

The project, named “Kalaeloa Solar One”, is a partnership between the State of Hawaii’s Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) and KSP Development, which represents a major milestone in Hawaii’s goal of sourcing 70% of its energy consumption from renewable sources by 2030.

“We are pleased to have been selected as the solar technology supplier for a project of this magnitude,” said Van Matsushige, Sopogy’s Vice President of Sales. “We look forward to working with the project team to support Hawaii’s Clean Energy Initiative goals.”

Concentrating solar power (CSP) is a unique approach to solar power generation. The CSP technology uses mirrored reflectors and optics to intensify solar energy, which raises the system’s energy efficiency. The solar panels track the sun throughout the day, increasing the amount of kilowatt hours the system produces annually.

“Sopogy developed a fast and simple template solution which meets our goals,” said Edward Lui, member of the board of directors at KSP. “The MicroCSP package includes the concentrating solar collectors and thermal storage which is not only delivered quickly, but also assembled on-site at a very cost-effective price.”

Unlike solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies, CSP has an inherent capacity to store heat energy for periods of time for later conversion to electricity. When combined with thermal storage capacity, CSP can produce electricity even during cloudy or night conditions – providing reliable electricity that can be dispatched to the grid when needed.

About Sopogy
Sopogy developed the concept of the MicroCSP™ solar system which brings the economics of large Concentrating Solar Power systems to the industrial, commercial and utility sectors in a smaller, robust and more cost effective package. Sopogy’s technologies are deployed in 1-50MW power solutions, up to 1,000 tons of solar thermal air conditioning and limitless amounts of industrial process heat. Please visit www.sopogy.org for more information.  Sopogy MicroCSP – Technology behind Energy™.

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Sopogy and Masdar partner to provide solar cooling solution

October 4, 2010

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Abu Dhabi, UAE –October 4, 2010 – Sopogy, Inc, a leader in micro-concentrated solar power (MicroCSP™) technology development, manufacturing and installation, is providing a solar thermal collector system for a proprietary air conditioning system at Masdar City, the emerging low-carbon cleantech cluster being constructed on the outskirts of the UAE capital Abu Dhabi.

Masdar selected Sopogy’s proprietary MicroCSP solar collector technology to produce thermal energy to drive a 50-refrigeration-ton double-effect absorption chiller – a technology widely used in many parts of the world for cooling from waste heat sources.

Sopogy and Masdar solar cooling

Sopogy and Masdar solar cooling

“Sopogy’s SopoCool™ MicroCSP installation at Masdar continues to demonstrate our ability to provide affordable, innovative solar solutions worldwide. We’re extremely proud to be part of the solution in helping Masdar City become one of the world’s cleanest energy cities,” said Darren Kimura, Sopogy President and CEO.

Sopogy’s technology features its award-winning flagship SopoNova™ MicroCSP solar collector which uses mirrors to concentrate the sun’s energy on a receiver tube and heats the re-circulated heat transfer fluid within the system. Masdar will use the generated heat in conjunction with the absorption chiller to provide a renewable source of cooling for the air conditioning system of an office block at Masdar City’s site office.

“Masdar is committed to working with industry-leading technology partners such as Sopogy to help us develop the next generation of sustainable solutions that can help to address the challenges posed by our demanding sustainability goals,” said Simon Bräuniger, project manager for Masdar’s pilot plants.

Masdar means “the source” in Arabic and reflects the company’s determination to find new and creative ways to access energy at more fundamental and sustainable levels than fossil fuels – in the sun, the wind and the tides, among others. The company also seeks to extend the UAE’s leadership in the energy sector.

About Sopogy
Sopogy developed the concept of the MicroCSP™ solar system which brings the economics of large Concentrating Solar Power systems to the industrial, commercial and utility sectors in a smaller, robust and more cost effective package. Sopogy’s goal is to deploy 1-50MW power solutions, 10-1,000 tons of solar air conditioning and limitless amounts of industrial process heat. Please visit www.sopogy.org for more information.  Sopogy MicroCSP – Technology behind Energy™

About Masdar
Masdar is Abu Dhabi’s multi-faceted initiative advancing the development, commercialization and deployment of renewable and alternative energy technologies and solutions. The company serves as a link between today’s fossil fuel economy and the energy economy of the future – developing the “greenprint” for how we will live and work tomorrow. Backed by the stability and reputation of the Mubadala Development Company, an investment vehicle of the government of Abu Dhabi, Masdar is dedicated to the emirate’s long-term vision for the future of energy.

About Masdar City:
Masdar City is a clean-technology cluster located in a sustainable city. This special economic zone in Abu Dhabi seeks to become a global center for innovation, research, product development and light manufacturing in the fields of renewable energy and sustainable technologies. Leading multinational companies in the cleantech sector, as well as small- and medium-sized enterprises and entrepreneurial start-ups will locate R&D labs, marketing offices and headquarters in the city. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) will base its headquarters in the city, while GE will build its first Ecomagination Center at Masdar City.

For more information about the Masdar Initiative, please visit: www.masdar.ae

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Sopogy awarded funding for innovative solar thermal air conditioning project

September 30, 2010

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Sopogy awarded funding for innovative solar thermal air conditioning project

Honolulu, Hawaii – September 30, 2010 – Sopogy, Inc., a leading micro concentrated solar power (MicroCSP™) technology developer, today announced that it has been awarded funding from the Hawaii Renewable Energy Development Venture (HREDV) to integrate an innovative double-effect solar thermal air conditioning system at the Maui Ocean Center.

According to HREDV, the award was following a competitive selection process in which the winning companies showed how their technologies could be game changers in Hawaii and demonstrated strong technical and management expertise to execute the projects, manage federal funds and commercialize these innovations.

In the project, Sopogy will provide its proprietary parabolic trough solar collectors to produce thermal energy for a 20-ton double effect absorption chiller.  The system will significantly reduce the aquarium’s electricity consumption.

“The award by HREDV positively validates the benefits of MicroCSP technology as our high efficiencies, low cost and robust applications are helping bring energy solutions to new markets,” said Darren T. Kimura, President and CEO of Sopogy. 

Sopogy’s MicroCSP system consists of parallel rows of proprietary SopoNova™ parabolic mirror collectors, optics and an integrated tracker to concentrate the sun’s energy on a centrally-located receiver tube and re-circulate heat transfer fluid within the system. By producing thermal energy, the generated heat will then be used in conjunction with a double effect absorption chiller to provide a renewable source of cooling for the air conditioning system. 

The HREDV funding is made possible by the U.S. Department of Energy with appropriations secured at the request of Senator Daniel K. Inouye. 

About Sopogy

Sopogy developed the concept of the MicroCSP™ solar system which brings the economics of large Concentrating Solar Power systems to the industrial, commercial and utility sectors in a smaller, robust and more cost effective package. Sopogy’s goal is to deploy 1-50MW power solutions, 10-1,000 tons of solar air conditioning and limitless amounts of industrial process heat. Please visit www.sopogy.org for more information.

About HREDV

Hawaii Renewable Energy Development Venture was created in 2008 with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. HREDV is a project of the Pacific International Center for High Technology Research (PICHTR), a Hawaii-based non-profit established in 1983 whose mission is to accelerate technology development in Hawaii and the Pacific Rim.  For more information about HREDV, please visit http://www.hawaiirenewable.com.  

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Sopogy announces the election of Patrick Oki to its Board of Directors

August 13, 2010

SOPOGY ANNOUNCES ELECTION OF PATRICK OKI TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Honolulu, HIAugust 13, 2010— Sopogy, Inc., the leader in MicroCSP™ solar technology development, manufacturing and installation, announced the election of leading accounting expert Patrick Oki to its Board of Directors.

Mr. Oki has over 17 years of experience in public accountancy and is the Managing Partner at PKF Pacific Hawaii LLP, formerly the Honolulu office of Grant Thornton LLP where he was an audit and advisory partner.  Previously he spent the majority of his career  at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

“We’ve worked with Pat for several years and found his broad yet balanced accounting skills and experiences to be truly unique” said Darren T. Kimura, Chairman, CEO and President of Sopogy, Inc. “We look forward to his contributions to our board and company.”    

Mr. Oki is also on the board of the Hawaii Society of CPAs, first vice president (president-elect) of the University of Hawaii Alumni Association, and the incoming president for the Association of Government Accountants – Hawaii Chapter.  He graduated from the University of Hawaii, Shidler College of Business Administration and is a Certified Public Accountant in Hawaii, Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified in Financial Forensics. 

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 www.sopogy.org for more information.

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Sopogy elects Dr. Rose Tseng to its Board of Directors

July 22, 2010

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Sopogy elects Dr. Rose Tseng to its Board of Directors

Honolulu, HIJuly 20, 2010— Sopogy, Inc., the leader in MicroCSP™ solar technology development, manufacturing and installation, announced that it has elected Rose Tseng, Ph.D. to its Board of Directors. Dr. Tseng is currently the Chancellor Emerita at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

Since 1998, Dr. Tseng served as the Chancellor at the University of Hawaii at Hilo where she led the campus to a 50% increase in enrollment and 600% increase in grant funding.  She previously served as the Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer of West Valley Mission College District between 1993-98, spent 6 years as the Dean of San Jose State University College of Applied Sciences and Arts and Professor and 17 years as Chair and Division Director at San Jose State University. 

Through her illustrious career, Dr. Tseng was recognized by the San Jose and Silicon Valley Business Journal as one of the Bay Area’s Top 50 Women in Management.  She was also honored as Statewide Role Model Woman of the Year from the California State Legislature and received a White House Commendation.  

 “In Silicon Valley, China and Hawaii, Dr. Tseng has earned a reputation to get things done.  We are looking forward to her guidance and experience as we continue to exponentially grow and expand” said Darren T. Kimura, Chairman, CEO and President of Sopogy, Inc.

Dr. Tseng studied architectural engineering and chemistry at National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan and earned a BS in chemistry from Kansas State University and an MS and PhD at the University of California at Berkeley. She also holds a certificate in education management from Harvard University.  She was named an Honorary Professor by China Medical University and received an honorary degree from the International Technological University in Santa Clara and Gosai International University in Japan. 

 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 www.sopogy.org for more information.

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Michael P. Loo named Chief Financial Officer at Sopogy, Inc.

July 7, 2010

Honolulu, HI—July 7, 2010—Sopogy, Inc., the leader in MicroCSP™ solar technology development, manufacturing and installation, announced the appointment of Michael P. Loo as its new Chief Financial Officer.

Loo comes to Sopogy with over 24 years of corporate financial management and public-accounting experience. Most recently, he served seven years as Vice President for Finance and Administration at Kamehameha Schools which has held the distinction as one of the largest charitable trusts in the US with an estimated portfolio of over $7 billion. Prior to Kamehameha Schools he served nine years as Vice President-Controller, Treasurer and Corporate Officer at Hawaiian Airlines (NASDAQ: HA) and seven years in the public accounting field as Senior Manager at KPMG, LLP.

Loo will be transitioning in for Tim Wong who has served as Sopogy’s CFO since 2007. Wong will become the Vice President of Administration overseeing Human Resources, Information Technology, Professional Services and Strategic Initiatives.

Speaking on the transitions, Darren T. Kimura, Chairman, CEO and President of Sopogy, Inc. said, “We are excited to have Michael Loo join our senior leadership team. His experience, focus and desire complement our ambitious goals.” Kimura added, “Tim Wong has been an exceptional CFO and over the years, demonstrated his robust business skills. I’m anxious to continue working with him as we focus on our strategic initiatives.”

“Having worked with Michael at KPMG, I am confident he will lead us forward as we grow exponentially and expand our international presence,” said Tim Wong.

“Sopogy has been a technology leader in the Concentrating Solar Power field and I’m looking forward to working with the team as we continue to bring the MicroCSP solution to the markets,” said Michael Loo.

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 www.sopogy.org for more information.

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Sopogy appoints Layne Yoshida, CPA as Corporate Controller

June 30, 2010

Honolulu, HI—June 30, 2010— Sopogy, Inc., a leader in small-scale concentrating solar power (MicroCSP) technology development, manufacturing, and installation, announced the appointment of Layne Yoshida as Corporate Controller reporting to the CFO. In this role, Yoshida will oversee accounting, reporting, compliance, controls, and tax-related matters for the Company.

“The rapid adoption of Sopogy’s MicroCSP technologies has led to fast growth of our company and we are anxiously looking forward to Layne’s contributions,” said Darren Kimura, President and CEO. “We are pleased to have a specialist of Layne’s caliber and expertise joining Sopogy at this critical time.”

Yoshida joins Sopogy from Central Pacific Financial Corp (NYSE: CPF) where he served as Vice President and Director of Accounting. As a certified public accountant, Yoshida brings 15 years of accounting experience including senior-level finance positions at Coherent Inc. and Ernst and Young LLP.

About Sopogy
Sopogy specializes in MicroCSP™ solar technologies that bring the economics of large solar energy fields to the industrial, commercial and utility sectors.  In the power market  MicroCSP™ technologies target the 1-50 Megawatt class. MicroCSP™ technologies are also used for solar absorption cooling, desalination and steam generation. Sopogy’s goal is to invent, commercialize and deploy cost effective and easy to install solar solutions to bring the solar energy everywhere. Please visit www.sopogy.org for more information.

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Pamela Joe Receives Forty Under 40 Award

June 21, 2010

Sopogy’s VP of Corporate Development and General Counsel is Honored as One of Hawaii’s Top Business Leaders

Honolulu, HI—June 18, 2010— Sopogy, Inc., a manufacturer of small-scale concentrating solar power (MicroCSP) systems, is proud to announce Pamela Joe, VP of Corporate Development and General Counsel, has been named a recipient of the Pacific Business News (PBN) Forty Under 40 awards for 2010.

The award recognizes Hawaii’s highly accomplished young leaders under the age of 40 based on professional success, community involvement and strong industry leadership. Pamela received the award at the Forty Under 40 awards ceremony on Thursday, June 17 at the Hawaii Convention Center.

Since joining Sopogy in 2008, Pamela has played an instrumental role in the growth of the company as it transitioned from a Hawaii research firm into a commercial company achieving global sales. She is responsible for overseeing policy, business and legal matters of the company and represents the concentrating solar power (CSP) industry in City and State policy matters where she has been key in developing Hawaii’s Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) Program for CSP.

“Pamela’s deep legal knowledge, hard work, and fresh perspectives have contributed tremendously to the company’s growth and success” said Darren Kimura, Sopogy’s President and CEO. “She is fully deserving of this honor.”

Outside of the office, Pamela is dedicated to community service and generously donates her time and talents to local organizations including Punahou School’s Enterpreneurs in Residence Program and Aloha United Way. She has also volunteered pro bono legal services to nonprofits.

Pamela holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Stanford University and a J.D. with distinction in corporate and business law from UCLA.

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 www.sopogy.org for more information.

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Sopogy Micro-scaled Concentrating Solar Power System to Power Up Florida College

April 6, 2010

St. Petersburg, FloridaMarch 23, 2010 - Sopogy, Inc., manufacturer of the proprietary micro-scaled concentrating solar power (MicroCSP) system, is demonstrating its SopoNova™ solar panels at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. The project developed by STG International (previously known as Solar Turbine Group) is designed to be a model for cost effective, stand alone solar power solutions for health clinics in Africa.

The MicroCSP system generates thermal energy by reflecting the sun’s energy from mirrors into a receiver tube, heating a transfer fluid to create steam. The steam spins a turbine which drives a generator and produces electricity. The system also includes thermal energy storage that allows power to be produced during cloudy periods.

Sopogy’s solar collectors feature a proprietary frame and storm protection, keeping the system safe during weather events that could include flying debris from hurricane strength winds. All components are also enclosed in an aerodynamic, rust-resistant housing which makes Sopogy’s collectors suitable for use in climates ranging from deserts to tropical environments.

“A particularly important breakthrough has been Sopogy’s development of smaller scale parabolic trough collectors that can be built at a lower cost, using commonly available manufacturing facilities and conventional materials,” says Tal Ziv, VP of Operations at Sopogy. “Not only can our modules be produced locally, but our collectors can also be manufactured anywhere in the world.”

The system is a hybrid electricity and hot water system.  It will provide three kilowatts of electricity, enough to power a multi-building health clinic that treats between 50 and 100 patients per day in Lesotho, as well as produce up to 300 liters of hot water for staff and clinician use.

Other project collaborators include Krinner Ground Screws, the Florida Green Builders Coalition and Water Oak Development Group.

“This project exemplifies the efforts of organizations committed to environmental sustainability,” said Darren T. Kimura, CEO of Sopogy. “Sopogy is proud to focus on the triple bottom line using our technology to create local jobs, generating green energy, while staying focused on our business,” he adds.

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.

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 www.sopogy.org for more information.

About STG International
Previously operating as the Solar Turbine Group, STG International is a non-profit organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts whose mission is to provide technical, financial and intellectual support, assistance, and training to projects and organizations focused on bringing sustainable energy technologies to communities across the developing world.  Please visit www.stginternational.org for more information.

Contact: Dy Phung
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Sopogy, Inc.
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Sopogy wins Small Business Success Award for innovation

January 28, 2010

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Honolulu, Hawaii, January 27, 2010 – Sopogy, Inc., the world’s first micro-concentrated solar power provider, garnered an award in the Innovation category presented at the Hawaii Business 2010 SmallBiz Success Awards Event at the Hawaii Prince Hotel.

Hawaii Business magazine annually honors outstanding Hawaii-based small businesses for rapid sales growth, a unique product, notable longevity, overcoming an unusual challenge or executing a dramatic turnaround.  Nearly 100 nominations were evaluated by a panel of ten judges consisting of C-level executives from Hawaii small businesses and organizations, as well as Hawaii Business magazine senior writers.

“We are pleased to be recognized for innovative excellence by our peers,” said Darren Kimura, Sopogy President and CEO.  “This is another step forward for Sopogy to continue our mission to invent, manufacture and sell the world’s most innovative and affordable solar collectors.  The culture of innovation has been instrumental to our company’s growth so we are very proud to receive this honor, but even more importantly, are especially pleased to have a positive impact on our community and the solar industry at whole.”

Sopogy’s award-winning MicroCSP™ technologies efficiently and cost-effectively generate electricity, steam, solar air conditioning and other thermal energy forms – helping customers achieve their renewable energy goals and faster paybacks for their investment.

Most recently, Sopogy unveiled the first MicroCSP™ solar thermal plant across 3.8 acres at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii (NELHA) in Kona, Hawaii in December 2009.  As the largest solar project in Hawaii, it is aptly named “Holaniku at Keahole Point” which comes from the Hawaiian term for a location that has everything required for self-sufficiency.

Sopogy’s flagship technology, the SopoNova™ has pioneered the concept of MicroCSP by combining the reliable performance of conventional concentrating parabolic trough technologies with several novel and revolutionary features that include the world’s first 270 degree MicroCSP tracker, integrated stands, automatic operation, and custom controls.  Additional innovations include the recently launched Sopoflare™, designed specifically for rooftop installations with a unique, easy mounting and fastening system and the Sopolite™, a fully functional mobile lab unit used to collect solar radiation and weather data at any given location and evaluate a project site’s potential.

Locally, Sopogy has been integral in creating green jobs in Hawaii, encouraging the growth of the technology industry in our State, promoting economic diversification, and attracting foreign and mainland investors.  Sopogy’s homegrown technology will help Hawaii become independent from foreign oil while having the intelligence here in Hawaii that will make us the beacon for the rest of the world when it comes to clean and green power.

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 www.sopogy.org for more information.

About Hawaii Business Magazine
Founded in 1955, Hawaii Business is the oldest regional business magazine in America. The magazine covers the state’s major industries: tourism, construction, agriculture and real estate. The SB section, which runs every month, covers Hawaii’s small businesses.  Its parent company, PacificBasin Communications, also publishes Honolulu Magazine and Pacific Magazine.  Please visit www.hawaiibusiness.com for more information.

Contact: Dy Phung
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Sopogy, Inc.
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Sopogy’s Van Matsushige Promoted to Vice President of Sales

December 16, 2009

December 16, 2009

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Contact: Ann Fitzgerald – Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator
Email: afitzgerald@sopogy.org
Phone: (808) 237-2422

Honolulu, HI – Sopogy, Inc. has promoted Van Matsushige to Vice President of sales effective immediately. Matsushige has more than 15 years of general management and sales management experience serving in leadership roles for small, entrepreneurial and large organizations throughout the United States and Asia. Since joining the company in March 2008, Van has serviced the Asia-Pacific markets as Market Manager.

Darren T. Kimura, Sopogy’s president and chief executive officer, said, “Van’s diverse experiences help Sopogy position our solar collector sales in applications including power generation, air conditioning or process heat sectors across the growing energy market.”

Prior to joining Sopogy, Matsushige was the General Manager at Energy Industries Corporation a national energy services company.

He is a graduate from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and earned his degree in Asian Studies.

About Sopogy, Inc.
Established in 2002, Sopogy specializes in designing, developing, manufacturing and selling 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 inaugurates the Worlds first MicroCSP solar thermal plant

December 10, 2009

December 10, 2009

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Contact: Ann Fitzgerald – Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator
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Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii, Kona, HI – Sopogy, Inc. inaugurated the World’s first MicroCSP Solar Thermal Plant today at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii.

The 2 Megawatt thermal energy project which spans across 3.8 acres in the hot Kona desert utilizes 1,000 Sopogy proprietary MicroCSP solar panels.  Through the use of mirrors and optics and an integrated sun tracker, these panels achieve higher efficiencies than conventional solar panels.  The system also uses a unique thermal energy storage buffer that allows energy to be produced during cloudy periods and to shift energy produced from the day to evening periods.

The project name: “Holaniku at Keahole Point” comes from the Hawaiian term for a location that has everything required for self-sufficiency.

“MicroCSP is an achievement in rugged, modular and cost effective solar thermal technology.” According to Darren T. Kimura, President and CEO of Sopogy, Inc., “The completion and demonstration of this 2 megawatt solar thermal project is an important first step in bringing the solution to the World.”

With the completion of Holaniku, Sopogy now has 8 solar thermal energy facilities operating around the world. Sopogy’s MicroCSP technologies are being used in such diverse applications including process heat, solar air conditioning, roof top deployment and now power generation.

With the initialization of the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, the state has become a magnet for renewable energy project development.  Sopogy and its local solar project development partner Keahole Solar Power have a goal to bring 30 megawatts of MicroCSP power to the state by 2015.

About Sopogy
Founded in 2002, 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 www.sopogy.org for more information.

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Holaniku at Keahole Point solar field - Copyright Sopogy and Keahole Solar Power

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Thermal energy storage - Holaniku at Keahole Point - Copyright Sopogy and Keahole Solar Power

Sopogy debuts the World’s first Portable Concentrating Solar Power System called “SopoLite” at Maui Ocean Center

November 22, 2009

November 21, 2009
SOPOGY PRESS RELEASE

Contact: Ann Fitzgerald – Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator
afitzgerald@sopogy.org
808-237-2422

Maalaea, Maui – Sopogy, Inc. introduced the SopoLite™ a mobile concentrating solar system on Green Technology Education Day, November 21, 2009 at the Maui Ocean Center. Key Sopogy and Maui Ocean Center representatives were present to answer questions and discussed a sustainable future for Hawaii.

SopoLite™ is a fully functional mobile concentrating solar power unit used to collect solar radiation and weather data. The Sopolite is also used to generate portable energy for applications including power, air conditioning or desalination taking sea water and making it potable.

The name SopoLite™ comes from the term Satellite as the device is designed to be a stand-alone instrument. Sopogy is deploying similar SopoLite’s across the US and around the World in an effort to collect relevant solar data useful for evaluating locations across the globe to determine the quality of their solar resources. In addition customers are purchasing SopoLites for their portable renewable energy needs including disaster recovery, portable green events and various agriculture applications.

The core technology features a miniature version of Sopogy’s award winning parabolic trough solar collector, SopoNova™. Various sensors on the SopoLite™ are used to measure temperature gains, flow velocities, solar irradiance, wind speed, rainfall, ambient temperatures and thermal performance of the collector.

The information is transmitted back to Sopogy Corporate Headquarters located in Honolulu, Hawaii where a team of engineers correlate the solar conditions with modeled data to ensure project viability. Maui Ocean Center was selected as the host for SopoLite™ because of its central location on the Island of Maui and their demonstration of leadership and commitment to environmental conservation in the community. The Center is dedicated to educating the public about the importance of preserving Hawaii’s marine life and actively supports community renewable energy efforts. Maui Ocean Center’s offer to host SopoLite™ represents their continuing dedication and efforts to promote a sustainable future for our State. The SopoLite™ will be display until early next year.

About Sopogy
Founded in 2002, 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 www.sopogy.org for more information.

About Maui Ocean Center
The Maui Ocean Center, operating since 1998, is the only facility in the world dedicated to fostering understanding, wonder and respect for Hawaii’s marine life. Here, visitors can see spectacular live coral displays (the largest collection in the nation), enjoy playful displays of Hawaii’s beloved green sea turtles, marvel at close encounters with sharks, rays and more – while learning about Hawaii’s natural history and cultural heritage. Dedicated to perpetuating the island’s host culture, Maui Ocean Center’s exhibits and activities also showcase the language, myths and history of the Hawaiian Islands in an entertaining and educational format. For more information, please visit, http://www.mauioceancenter.com.

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Sopogy Releases the World’s First Commercially Available Rooftop MicroCSP System

October 27, 2009

Sopogy® New “SopoFlare™” brings Concentrating Solar Power to the rooftop market

Anaheim, CA – October 15, 2009 – Sopogy, Inc. (www.sopogy.org) has just introduced SopoFlare the newest MicroCSP™ product in the world of Concentrating Solar Power solutions at Solar Power International 2009 in Anaheim.

SopoFlare is the first commercially available Concentrating Solar Power technology designed specifically for rooftop installations with a unique, easy mounting and fastening system. The technology is more robust than PV or CPV as SopoFlare is used to create steam, solar thermal air conditioning, drying, dehumidification, desalination, hot water. In addition SopoFlare utilizes Sopogy’s proprietary integrated tracker and storage solutions and is priced at 30% cheaper than competing rooftop solar technologies. The system easily retrofits into existing facility reducing Natural Gas consumption giving users an estimated 3 year payback on installation.

SopoFlare combines the revolutionary features and applications of Sopogy’s award winning SopoNova™ 4.0 concentrating solar thermal collector, in a smaller, lightweight, environmentally rugged collector. SopoFlare’s compact design at 8 feet long by 2.5 feet wide is perfect for quick and easy installation by local HVAC and Plumbing professionals.

“Sopogy has incorporated our unique frame, ready-to-assemble manufacturing and automated controls into a new compact product designed for rooftop installation. This brings concentrating solar power to the commercial and industrial facility in a cost effective, space efficient and contractor friendly solution. All combined our customers receive the fastest paybacks available in solar helping them save money and fight global warming” – Darren T. Kimura, President and CEO, Sopogy, Inc.

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 www.sopogy.org for more information.

About Solar Power International
Solar Power International is the largest solar conference and expo in the US. The conference attracts a wide range of professionals, policymakers, investors, and more, and even educates consumers through a one-night public opening of the expo hall. Sopogy will be exhibiting every day of the conference, which runs from October 27 to October 29. Please visit http://www.solarpowerinternational.com for more details.

Press Contact
Ann Fitzgerald
Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator
Sopogy, Inc.
afitzgerald@sopogy.org

SopoFlare is the World's first commercially available MicroCSP collector designed for rootops

SopoFlare is the World's first commercially available MicroCSP collector designed for rootops

President and CEO of Sopogy receives the Clean Energy Honua Award

October 24, 2009

October 23, 2009

SOPOGY PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator
media@sopogy.org
808-833-4747

SUBJECT: Darren T. Kimura, President and CEO of Sopogy and founder and Chairman of Energy Industries receives the 2009 Honua Award by the Blue Planet Foundation

Waikiki, HI — At the Waikiki Green Aloha Concert before an estimated crowd of 500, Sopogy founder, President, Chief Executive Officer and Energy Industries Founder and Chairman of the Board Darren T. Kimura has just been awarded the Honua Award by the Blue Planet Foundation.

Over his 17 year career Darren’s companies have helped move Hawaii towards a clean energy future. Energy Industries has introduced and installed numerous clean energy technologies saving kilowatt hours and reducing PCBs and Mercury through recycling programs. Sopogy is developing the next generation of high efficiency solar panels and energy storage technologies for Hawaii and the World. Keahole Solar Power developed and constructed a 2 megawatt solar thermal project and is developing an additional 30 megawatts of fossil fuel free power. Together his companies employ and support hundreds of green collar jobs and kept over $500 million in Hawaiis local economy through energy savings. In addition his work has off-set over 2 million metric tons of CO2 emissions which is the equivalent of reducing 27,000 tankers of gasoline or eliminating the consumption of 4.6 million barrels of oil.

“This Award is symbolic of the opportunities that exist here in Hawaii” said Darren T. Kimura. “We’ve accomplished a lot over the past 17 years but we/ve still got so much more to do and we struggle to save our planet and our species.”

The Honua (“Earth”) Award is given annually to recognize individuals or organizations who have made significant contributions to moving Hawaii along the path towards a clean sustainable energy future. Their achievements affecting our energy future could be economic, social/cultural, environmental, or some combination. The first Honua Award was presented in 2008 to Maurice Kaya, the former Hawaii state energy office administrator.

The selection committee for the Honua Award is the Blue Planet Foundation Board of Directors:
· Henk Rogers, software entrepreneur and founder of the Blue Planet Foundation;
· Akemi Rogers, owner of Fishcake and co-founder of Blue Lava Technologies;
· Ben Cayetano, former Governor of the State of Hawai„i;
· Prof. Peter Crouch, Dean of the College of Engineering at UH Manoa;
· Stanley Hong, Esq., an attorney and leader in business, civic and community affairs;
· Elizabeth Kapu’uwailani Lindsey, Ph.D., an award-winning filmmaker and anthropologist;
· Bob Lloyd, Chairman of the V Foundation for Cancer Research;
· David Williams, retired Senior Vice President of the Whirlpool Corporation; and
· Prof. Maxine Burkett, Director of the Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy.

ABOUT BLUE PLANET FOUNDATION
Blue Planet Foundation is a local non-profit committed to ending the use of carbon based fuels on Earth by making Hawaii a global leader for energy independence within a decade. For more information on Blue Planet Foundation Hawaii

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

SOPOGY PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: 7/21/09

Contact: Sopogy Corporate Communications

media@sopogy.org 

808-237-2423

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 www.sopogy.org 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.

Keahole Solar Power and Sopogy Look to the Community to Name the World’s First MicroCSP Solar Farm

June 29, 2009

June 18, 2009

Contact: Sopogy Corporate Communications

Email: media@sopogy.org

808-237-2423

Honolulu, HI – Keahole Solar Power LLC (KSP) and Sopogy, Inc. (Sopogy) are asking the public to help judge a slogan contest for their Kona Solar Farm located at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii (NELHA).  The slogans were submitted by the students at Konawaena High School’s Hawaiian Language Studies class.  The contest was designed to foster innovation and thought about Hawaii’s dependence on imported fossil fuels and the need to for a sustainable future for our youth and generations to come.

The contest required students to submit a Hawaiian slogan for the farm, a one page description of the slogan, and a poster representing the same. Students were asked to maintain the theme: “A clean, renewable, and sustainable Hawaii.”  The winner will be voted on by the community and announced at the solar farm Ribbon Cutting ceremony later this summer.  Voting is open to the public today and available online at www.KeaholeSolarPower.com until July 1ST at 12pm HST.  The winning student will receive $300 and a dedication in their honor, and the school will receive a technology donation worth up to $2500.

Konawaena High School was chosen to host the contest because of its long time involvement in solar and leadership in the community.  Konawaena’s solar car team was the first high school team to compete in the World Solar Challenge in 1990; the 1996 movie “Race in the Sun,” starring Halle Berry, Steve Hogan, and James Belushi was based on this story.  “Konawaena High School represents the essence of Kona and true community commitment.  It is a wonderful representation of our beautiful State and the warmth of its people and we are thrilled to have their involvement,” said Darren T. Kimura, President and CEO of Sopogy.

The renewable energy farm, located on the Big Island, is the world’s first Micro Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) farm.  The farm is powered by Hawaii home grown proprietary MicroCSP™ solar concentrating panels invented and manufactured by Hawaii based Sopogy.  These MicroCSP™ panels use reflectors and optics to harness and focus the energy from the sun to create clean, renewable power for the Big Island.

About Keahole Solar Power

Keahole Solar Power (KSP) is a Hawaii based Solar Project and Technology Developer. Using different solar technologies including MicroCSP from Hawaii company “Sopogy,” KSP is developing new proprietary methods for energy storage, installation, operation, and software/controls for solar farms helping Hawaii achieve a true renewable energy future. KSP is seeking to develop technologies and products that make solar technologies bridge the gap between product and the utility grid. KSP’s combined approach using sound technologies and solar farm solutions brings lower cost, longer production and higher efficiencies to our customers. Our first prototype at the Natural Energy Laboratories of Hawaii in Kona uses Sopogy’s MicroCSP solar collectors, KSP’s own thermal energy storage and utility scale controls and software. Please visit www.keaholesolarpower.com for more information.

About Sopogy

Sopogy is a Hawaii company that began in Kona and is bringing its Hawaiian technology to the global marketplace. 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 goals include to create solar solutions that improve the quality of life for all human kind and to bring order and simplicity to the chaos which is the current solar power business.  Please visit www.sopogy.org for more information.

About Konawaena High School

Konawaena High School is a public school located in the community of Kealakekua, on the Big Island of Hawaii. Konawaena means “the center of the leeward side” in the Hawaiian language. Konawaena has successfully grown to encompass a middle school and an elementary school.  The current principal is Shawn S. Suzuki.  Please visit www.konawaenahs.org for more information.

Sopogy CEO to speak at America’s Growth Capital Solar 2.0 Session

April 20, 2009

Sopogy CEO to speak at America’s Growth Capital Solar 2.0 Session

Who:     Darren T. Kimura, CEO, Sopogy, Inc.

What:     Annual America’s Growth Capital Solar 2.0 Session

When: April 21, 2008, 1:30 PM PST

Where: Westin San Francisco 50 Third Street San Francisco, California 94102

Description:
Sopogy joins a short and select group of private solar companies presenting at the 2009 Emerging Growth Conference.

Darren T. Kimura will discuss the current state of concentrating solar and how Sopogy is bringing its fast installation, low cost, distributed energy solution to the market.

Hosted by America’s Growth Capital, a research, trading and investment banking firm, the AGC Emerging Growth Conference will feature leading public and private executives for a 2 day-long program of panel discussions, management presentations and keynote addresses.

For more information on the event, please visithttp://www.meetmax.com/upload/event_3371/Day%202%20Agenda.pdf

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 goals include to create solar solutions that improve the quality of life for all human kind and to bring order and simplicity to the chaos which is the current solar power business. Please visit www.sopogy.org for more information.

Contacts:
Sopogy Corporate Communications
Office: (808) 237-2423
Mobile: (808) 234-4494
media@sopogy.org

Sopogy Receives Plant Engineering Gold Product of the Year

March 31, 2009

Sopogy’s SopoNova 4.0™ wins Gold in the Plant Engineering Product of the Year for Power Generation

March 30, 2009

2008 Plant Engineering Product of the Year: Gold Award

2008 Plant Engineering Product of the Year: Gold Award

SOPOGY PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: 03/30/09
Contact: Sopogy Corporate Communications
media@sopogy.org
808-237-2423

SUBJECT: SOPOGY’S SOPONOVA 4.0™ RECEIVES GOLD IN 21st ANNUAL PLANT ENGINEERING PRODUCT OF THE YEAR 2008 AWARD

Charleston, SC— Sopogy, Inc. MicroCSP™ Solar Collector “SopoNova 4.0™” won Gold in the Plant Engineering Product of the Year 2008 in the category of Electrical Power. The Plant Engineering Product of the Year Awards honor the most innovative and useful products introduced to the industrial plant engineering market each year. The Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards in each category were presented at the Plant Engineering Manufacturing Summit Gala on Monday March 30, 2009 in Charleston, South Carolina.

The Product of the Year 2008 Gold Award marks continuing recognition for SopoNova 4.0™’s excellence in the industry. SopoNova 4.0™ combines the reliable performance of conventional concentrating parabolic trough technologies with several novel and revolutionary features that include the world’s first 270 degree MicroCSP tracker, integrated stands, automatic operation, and custom controls. The modular, versatile, and scalable solar collector uses mirrors and lenses to concentrate the sun’s rays and generate solar electricity, process heating, and solar cooling. The technology captures cost efficiencies by operating in lower temperatures which enable general contractor installation and low cost thermal energy storage.

“We are delighted and honored to receive Gold Award for Product of the Year 2008,” said Sopogy CEO and President, Darren Kimura. “This award not only encompasses prestige, but is a symbol of quality and innovation in the industry. We would like to thank the editors and staff at Plant Engineering, as well as all the readers who voted for SopoNova 4.0™.”

The Plant Engineering Product of the Year Awards are the premier honor for new products and among the most sought-after distinctions by manufacturers when establishing new products in the plant engineering industry. One hundred and fifty finalists in sixteen categories were selected by a panel of judges consisting of plant engineers for publication in Plant Engineering Magazine. Subscribers and readers then voted on their choices for the best products using an online ballot.

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 goals include to create solar solutions that improve the quality of life for all human kind and to bring order and simplicity to the chaos which is the current solar power business. Please visit www.sopogy.org for more information.