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



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 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 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 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 for more information.

Sopogy at Hawaii Clean Energy Day 2009

June 6, 2009

JUNE 6, 2009    9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


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Sustain Your Brain
Sustainable lectures, workshops, & film series

$25 General; $15 Student/Senior

Find out how the HAWAI‘I CLEAN ENERGY INITIATIVE positions Hawai‘i as a leader in energy efficiency, and how you — a concerned citizen, business owner, organization, policy maker or school — can play a part in a more sustainable future.

The goal of the Hawai‘i Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI) is to dramatically increase the use of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies to meet 70% of Hawai‘i’s energy demand for electricity and ground transportation by 2030. Increasing clean energy and efficiency will reduce Hawai‘i’s reliance on imported oil—improving our economy and energy security—and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Christine Erwin

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The Opportunity of Our Lives: Bringing Clean Energy Home

Christine Ervin
Christine Ervin is a nationally respected leader and spokesperson on market-based strategies for green buildings, clean energy and climate change. She served as first President and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council – home of LEED® and Greenbuild™ Conference & Expo; U.S. Assistant Secretary of Energy under President Clinton; and director of the innovative Oregon Department of Energy. Today, Ervin is President of Christine Ervin/Company, and serves on numerous Boards including the American Council for Renewable Energy (ACORE) and Turner Construction’s Sustainability Advisory Board. Her upcoming book, Certified Green: How Unlikely Allies are Transforming Markets around the World, explores the promise and challenges of voluntary market-based initiatives. See full bio…


Clean Energy for Hawai‘i – Moving Forward
Moderated by Jeff Mikulina, Blue Planet Foundation; with panelists Representative Hermina Morita; Ted Liu, DBEDT; Robbie Alm, Hawaiian Electric Company; Mark Duda, Hawai‘i Solar Energy Association; Ray Starling, Hawai‘i Energy Efficiency Program, Public Benefits Fund.

Clean Energy for Hawai‘i – Creating It
Moderated by Mike Hamnet, UH Mānoa Hawai‘i Energy Policy Forum; with panelists Darren Kimura, Sopogy, Inc.; Pete Cooper, Better Place; Wren Wescoatt, First Wind; Kelly King, Pacific Biodiesel Inc.

Clean Energy for Hawai‘i – Sustaining It
Moderated by Mike Hamnet, UH Mānoa Hawai‘i Energy Policy Forum; with panelists James Koshiba, Kanu Hawaii; Carilyn Shon, DBEDT, Energy Efficiency Branch; Will Boudra, Forest City Military Communities; Gary Wassel, Cycle City, Ltd.


Exhibits are free and open to the public. Hours: 12:00 noon – 4:30 p.m.

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Deadline for online registration has been extended through June 2, 2009. Form of payment must accompany the registration. Credit card numbers submitted with registration will be processed upon receipt. Registrations will not be processed without payment. Continuous registration by fax and mail after June 2; does not include lunch.