Sopogy elects T. Michael May to its Board of Directors

August 21, 2008


August 20, 2008


Date: 8/20/08

Contact: Sopogy Corporate Communications



Subject: Sopogy elects T. Michael May to its Board of Directors

HONOLULU, Hawaii—Sopogy® today announced that T. Michael May, recently retired President and Chief Executive Officer of Hawaiian Electric Company (NYSE: HE) was elected to Sopogy’s board of directors. Michael also serves on the board of directors of the Electric Power Research Institute, the Edison Electric Institute and The James Campbell Company.

“Michael spent over a decade as CEO of Hawaii’s top company in Hawaiian Electric.  There he led the public utility through change and growth.  He also developed a deep network in the energy industry and we look forward to benefiting from his insights and experience as a member of Sopogy’s board” said Darren T. Kimura, CEO of Sopogy.

“Sopogy is establishing its position as a leader in the Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) industry.  Their MicroCSP technology is clearly one of the most innovative products in the market today.  Sopogy is bringing renewable on-site generation to the distributed generation markets” said T. Michael May, recently retired President and Chief Executive Officer of Hawaiian Electric Company.   “I feel privileged to join this exciting and dynamic team and believe I can make a positive and immediate contribution to help Sopogy in this next phase of growth.”

Hawaiian Electric Inc, and subsidiaries Maui Electric Company, Limited and Hawaii Electric Light, Inc., supplies power to 93% of Hawaii’s public utility market.   At Hawaiian Electric, Michael was responsible for developing and executing the company’s long-term growth strategies, leading the company to encourage renewable energy and energy efficiency.  He joined Hawaiian Electric as a Senior Vice President in 1992 and was elected President and CEO in 1995, he retired on August 1, 2008.  Prior to Joining Hawaiian Electric he was the founder and Principal of Management Assets Group, President of Caterpillar Capital Company and held the roles of Vice President and General Manager of the Energy Services Division at Solar Turbines Inc a Caterpillar Company and Vice President Finance and Planning, Chief Financial Officer at Solar Turbines, Inc. Caterpillar, Inc.

Michael is a graduate of the University of Mississippi in Industrial Engineering/Management and received his Masters of Business Administration in Finance from the College of William & Mary.

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