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

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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

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Date: 7/21/09

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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

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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’s CFO to speak at “Solutions 2010″ sponsored by Pacific Business News

May 8, 2009

Sopogy CFO to speak at Solutions 2010

Who:     Tim Wong, CPA – CFO, Sopogy, Inc.

What:     Solutions 2010

When: May 8, 2008, 8:30 AM PST

Where: Hilton Prince Kuhio

Description:

Tim Wong, CPA joins three other CFO of the Year finalists to discuss how to get Hawaii out of the current economic slump and back on track.  He will be talking about the journey Sopogy has taken to start in 2002 as an idea to one of the largest and most innovative companies in renewable energy today.

SOLUTIONS 2010 is presented by Pacific Business News, the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii and the Hilton Waikiki Prince Kuhio, this talk-story seminar will provide actionable advice for business survival offered by our powerful panel of Hawaii’s Best CFOs.

Sponsor: Pacific Business News
When: 2009-05-08, 7:15am – 9:30am

Location: The Hilton Waikiki Prince Kuhio 2500 Kuhio Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815

For more information on the event, please visit http://www.bizjournals.com/pacific/calendar/?op=event_details&listing_id=34431

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 Communication
Office: (808) 237-2423
Mobile: (808) 234-4494
media@sopogy.org

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

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Date: 03/30/09
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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.

Sopogy, Inypsa and Omniwatt announce 50MW MicroCSP Solar Farm Project in Toledo, Spain

December 22, 2008

December 22, 2008

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Date: 12/22/08

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Subject: SOPOGY, INYPSA, AND OMNIWATT ANNOUNCE 50 MEGAWATT MICROCSP SOLAR FARM PROJECT IN TOLEDO, SPAIN

Honolulu, HI – US based Sopogy, Inc. manufacturer of the proprietary MicroCSP concentrating solar thermal energy system has entered into a solar power agreement with Spanish Solar Project Developer Inypsa Informes y Proyectos, S.A. and German Solar Project Financer Omniwatt to develop a 50 MW solar power plant by December 1, 2010 in Toledo, Spain.

“We are excited to work with Inypsa and Omniwatt in bringing Sopogy’s MicroCSP system to the Spanish market,” said Darren Kimura, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sopogy. “Sopogy’s MicroCSP technologies have been designed for these unique markets by bringing advantages over traditional concentrating solar thermal including fast deployment, pre-engineered kits in the 1MW, 5MW and 10MW increments and use and support of local labor for on-site installation”.
Inypsa, a publically traded Spanish project development firm has decades of experience in large infrastructure projects and is well positioned to take advantage of the growing solar thermal power plant market in the Spanish region. “We are convinced that micro solar thermal generation will be the next revolution in the low-carbon technologies that will define the 21st century. We feel privileged to team up with Sopogy and Omniwatt to deliver Sopogy MicroCSP technology for this project”, said Jairo González Monje, Director General of Inypsa, S.A.

Omniwatt AG, a Germany-based company, specializes in the renewable energy power production, project development and financing of decentralized power plants throughout Europe. “We look forward to working with Inypsa and Sopogy and are committed to promoting clean, renewable energy solutions throughout the world,” said Paul Vesel, Partner at Omniwatt AG.

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. Please visit www.sopogy.org for more information.

About Inypsa
Founded in 1970 under the parent utilities company FECSA, today, INYPSA Informes y Proyectos S.A. is one of the leading companies in the engineering sector in Spain. Thanks to the company’s continued growth, international expansion, financial strength and the ability to combine sound management with technology, INYPSA has managed to situate itself in one of the top spots nationally. This has also led it to be listed on the Madrid and Barcelona stock exchanges since 1989. After more than thirty-five years in the industry, the company has developed extensive experience in national and international markets, with work accredited in more than sixty countries in Europe, America, Asia and Africa.

About Omniwatt
Omniwatt is an emission-less, international, and decentralized power producer, applying technologies that produce energy from fuel-less resources. The company develops and finances new installations, structures existing projects, and acquires established stations.

Sopogy is named Innovative Company of the Year 2008

November 17, 2008
Sopogy is nominated for Business Leadership Hawaii Awards 2008

Sopogy Receives Business Leadership Hawaii 2008 “Innovative Company of the Year” Award

HONOLULU –(Business Wire)– Before 1,000 members of the business community, Sopogy, Inc. was presented the Business Leadership Hawaii (BLH) 2008 “Innovative Company of the Year” Award. The event, which took place at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, honors the best in the business. The Innovative Company of the Year Award recognizes organizations dedicated to developing new approaches to creating products, winning customers, and tackling problems. Sopogy was chosen based on its innovative MicroCSP technologies, used to create Process Heat, Solar Air Conditioning, and Electrical Power, and its commitment to leading Hawaii to a sustainable future and curbing the effects of global climate change.

The 7th annual BLH 2008 awards program is a premier event recognizing leaders in business and non-profits. Finalists were judged by a panel of respected business leaders, many of whom are previous BLH winners. Since its launch in 2002, BLH has recognized more than 160 companies, individuals, and nonprofits. Pacific Business News created BLH to spread the word that Hawaii is a great place to do business because of outstanding and committed leaders.

“The culture of innovation is key to our company’s growth and the development of new products. Sopogy is honored to receive the Business Leadership Hawaii Innovative Company of the Year award,” said Darren T. Kimura, Sopogy Chief Executive Officer.

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. Please visit www.sopogy.org for more information.

Sopogy Solution at Palo Alto Swim Club

September 17, 2008

Palo Alto, CA – To celebrate the Eichler Swim & Tennis Club’s 50 years of service to the Palo Alto community, Sopogy, Inc., the manufacturer of MicroCSP Solar Technologies has donated a MicroCSP solar solution to help reduce the center’s energy costs and shrink its carbon footprint by using clean solar energy.

“We’re making this donation to the Eichler Club and the children of Palo Alto who frequent this facility and represent the future so they can learn about solar energy and the power this energy source has in fighting climate change” said Darren T. Kimura the President of Sopogy, Inc.  “The Sopogy MicroCSP Solar Solution represents a truly versatile approach to the efficient and proven Concentrating Solar Power industry”.

The Sopogy’s Solar Solution consists of a MicroCSP solar concentrator called the SopoNovaä 4.0, which combines the revolutionary features of the company’s unique modular, versatile and scalable Parabolic Trough technology in a small and efficient solar package.  The system at the Eichler Club includes a SopoNova 4.0, heat exchanger, storage tank, automatic system controls and SopoTracker a revolutionary solar tracking technology which enables the system to follow the sun during operation.

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. Please visit www.sopogy.org for more information.