Sopogy featured by Hawaii Business Magazine

October 10, 2006

Hawaii Business Magazine - Sopogy

Sun Of A Gun

By Trifonovitch, Kelli Abe

LOCAL ENTREPRENEUR DARREN KIMURA HAS ANOTHER bright idea. The founder of Energy Industries (EI), a national provider of energy services, has pumped $800,000 of the company’s money into Sopogy, a startup that has developed a proprietary solar technology best suited for coastal climates with high humidity. Places like Hawaii.

In fact, at the time of this writing, Kimura was on track to close a $1.5 million round of funding and gearing up for an October groundbreaking on a demonstration project at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii (NELHA) in Kona. Sopogy’s specially-designed panels capture solar heat and focus that energy into a tube of heat- transfer fluid. The super-heated fluid passes through a turbine to produce electricity. The process can also create other products, such as drinking water, hot water, air conditioning, steam and hydrogen.

Investors have taken notice.

“We’ve had so much interest from [Silicon] Valley, it’s been absurd,” says Kimura. “We’ve had term sheets worth millions of dollars, but they also want you to move to the valley.” So, he hasn’t signed them. Kimura is passionate about keeping Sopogy in Hawaii, for now. For the future, he intends to follow the sun.

Kimura notes that one of the the largest IPO of 2005 was a solar company called Suntech Power Holdings (NYSE: STP), and the man who took it public “is now the richest man in China.”

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Sopogy Helps Saipan Energy Office

September 15, 2006

By Ferdie de la Torre

Darren Kimura of Energy Industries Holdings Inc. eleborates a point during his speech on the Hawaii-based certified energy manager Darren T. Kimura said Friday that simple energy saving steps could help the situation of the Commonwealth Utilities Corp.

“May best advice to the consumers is to save energy. When you save energy, we actually help CUC with their situation. And of course in the end the consumers can save money,” Kimura told the Saipan Tribune during a break at the “Helping CNMI Save Money by Saving Energy” workshop held at Hyatt Regency Hotel’s Sandcastle.

Kimura said the first thing that needs to happen is that everyone must be energy-efficient.

“We need to conserve, we need to understand that. Unfortunately, we have a problem. We are in a problem situation, but it is not the end of the day. And we have the opportunity that we can utilize to help the situation,” said Kimura, who was the featured speaker in the workshop sponsored by the Department of Public Works’ Energy Division.

He said residents, businesses, and government agencies should be energy-efficient by saving power at home and installing energy-efficient light and air-conditioning systems, among others.

“ All of all those things can reduce the amount of the demand that we put on the grid and.we can help CUC [achieve] a more stable condition and [we can] collectively move forward,” said Kimura, who is also the president and chief executive officer of Sopogy, Inc.

In the workshop, he talked about how to save energy, as saving energy saves money.

“ So in the end we are talking about how to save money,” he pointed out.

Kimura discussed the Environmental Protection Agency’s Star Program, which is designed to help people easily save money by reducing the energy that they use.

“We’re talking about simple tips that consumers can use to save energy,” said Kimura, such a reducing shower time by minutes and air-drying clothes instead of using dying machines.

Kimura said a lot of people here are shocked at how their utility bills have gone up since CUC implemented the new power rates “but the most important thing is we have to address the fact that they [rates] have gone up and [we must] collectively work for energy-efficient features that can help us in moving forward. So we need to plan and prepare for the future,” he stressed.

DPW energy director Thelma B. Inos said they brought in Kimura, who is an expert of the Energy Star Program, to speak both at the workshop and at the Saipan Chamber of Commerce forum.

“ It’s a project that we are doing. It’s part of the program that I am putting in the application to the state energy grant. It is an energy awareness project,” Inos said.

Inos said that participants are mostly from government, private individuals, and businesses.

She said she was a little bit disappointed because not too many people showed up at the workshop.

Inos said Kimura is a very good speaker.

“From what I am hearing they are pretty impressed and they want him back,” Inos added.


June 2, 2002

H.R. NO.


HOUSE RESOLUTION CONGRATULATING THE 2002 SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION STATE OF HAWAII AWARD WINNERS. WHEREAS, small businesses are the backbone of our nation and each year since 1963, the President of the United States has designated a National Small Business Week in recognition of the small business community’s contributions to the American economy and society; andWHEREAS, entrepreneurs at local, state and national levels will be honored during May 5 through 12, 2002, designated this year as National Small Business Week with activities by the United States Small Business Administration, in partnership with public and private sector small business supporters; and

WHEREAS, there are ten Hawaii entrepreneurs who are recipients of the 2002 Small Business Administration Awards at the state level; and

WHEREAS, these ten outstanding individuals are as follows: Thanh Quoc Lam – Small Business Person of the Year, Yu-Sen Hwang – Small Business Exporter of the Year, David S. DeLuz, Sr. – Entrepreneurial Success Award, Darren T. Kimura – SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Alan M.L. Yee – Accountant Advocate of the Year, Ray Kamikawa – Financial Services Advocate of the Year, Barry Gay – Home-Based Business Advocate of the Year, Leona Jona – Minority Small Business Advocate of the Year, Jocelyn Kumi Fujii – Small Business Journalist of the Year, Cheryl L. Ka’uhane – Women in Business Advocate of the Year; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Twenty-first Legislature of the State of Hawaii Regular Session of 2002, that this body hereby commends and honors Hawaii’s 2002 Small Business award winners, and extends to them its heartfelt Aloha and best wishes for success in all future endeavors; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Resolution be transmitted to Hawaii’s ten 2002 Small Business award winners.

OFFERED BY: _____________________________

Pacific Business News’ – Forty under 40

May 28, 2000

Pacific Business News (Honolulu)

No disrespect to our elders, but the younger generations of businesspeople deserve recognition,
too. PBN is now accepting applications and nominations for our second annual Forty Under 40 awards,
an event honoring the energy, contributions and potential of Hawaii’s young businesspeople –
people who make a difference in Hawaii’s economy and community.
Applying or nominating takes just a few steps. A résumé, photo and letter of nomination must be
postmarked or sent by e-mail by July 5. Self-nominated entrants must include three short letters of
Nominations by others must include the names of two people and their phone numbers for verbal
reference. The cover letter accompanying both forms of entry must include the individual’s name
and age (they must be 39 or younger as of Aug. 10, 2001) and tell why the person is outstanding in
three areas: leadership in his or her industry, having shown a consistent “take charge” attitude;
community involvement (beyond expectations of his or her professional position); and
business acumen that not only represents advanced skills at this point in his or her career, but also demonstrates potential
for even greater success.
The Forty Under 40 recognition applies to businesspeople as well as to those in the public or
nonprofit sector who demonstrate business acumen and sharp businesslike approaches to their
Some of those recognized are future leaders of Hawaii, but many are leaders of today, and PBN
commends your efforts and contributions.
The Forty Under 40 “Class of 2000″ includes:
Darren Kimura Energy Conservation Hawaii

Neal Yokota Stryker, Weiner & Yokota
(Yokota was named the PBN 2000 Young Businessperson of the Year)
Eddie Aguinaldo Dynamic Interiors
Shakil Ahmed PDC Systems
Lynn Araki Lynn Araki, attorney
C. Scott Bradley Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties
Caron Broederdorf Re/Max
Pamela Brown Insurance Factors – Kauai Branch
Christine Camp Avalon Development Co.
Matthew Gilbertson Architects Hawaii Ltd.
Art Gladstone Kapiolani Medical Center at Pali Momi
John Harris Re/Max Honolulu
Corine Hayashi HTH Corp.
Teresa Hayes American Savings Bank
Ren Hirose W Honolulu Diamond Head
Gary Hogan Pleasant Hawaiian Holidays
Randall Izuo Izuo Brothers Ltd.
Peter Kay CyberCom Inc.
Darren Kimura Energy Conservation Hawaii
Jen Kunishima Hawaii Doggie Bakery
Christopher Leonard New West Broadcasting
K. Rae McCorkle McCorriston Miho Miller Mukai
Bettina Mehnert Architects Hawaii
Mark Mukai Davis Wright Tremaine
Yuka Nagashima LavaNet Inc.
Gail Nakama American Savings Bank
Paul Oneha Rendezvous Tours Inc.
Michael Onofrietti AIG Hawaii Insurance
Glenn Paul xpedx Hawaii
Barbra Pleadwell Hastings & Pleadwell
Laura Robertson Goodwill Industries of Hawaii
Patrick Saka The Maui News
Stacy Sato
Jody Shiroma Skyward Communications
Dean Spagnoli Morgan Stanley Dean Witter
Lanai Tabura KDNN 98.5
Jill Tokuda Office of the Lt. Governor
Allison Ueoka Hawaii Insurers Council
Jon Whittington Countrywide Home Loans
Yvonne Yanagihara VoiceStream Wireless Hawaii
Michael Zhang Blue Hawaii Surf LLC
Members of the Forty Under 40 Class of 2000 are not eligible for future classes.

Pacific Business News (Honolulu) – May 28, 2001