Makiki Town Hall Meeting


Makiki Town Hall meeting – 5-7 pm at St. Clement’s Church Parish Hall, 1515 Wilder Ave. Click here for a Google Map.

Other scheduled guests include Representative Denny Coffman (Chair of the House Energy & Environmental Protection Committee) Governor Neil Abercrombie, and Darren T. Kimura (CEO of Sopogy).

At 4:30 pm, before the Town Hall Meeting, you are invited to visit the Makiki evening Farmers’ Market that takes place every Thursday, 4:30-7:30 pm, on the grounds of St. Clement’s Church. Pick up a dinner plate or a light snack, and join us in the Parish Hall with our special guests.

Topic is Clean Energy in Hawaii

Join Representative Della Au Belatti, PUC Chairperson Hermina Morita, Acting Chairperson of House Energy & Environment Committee Denny Coffman, Governor Abercrombie and myself at the Makiki Town Hall on 4/14 between 5-7PM


Solar in Hawaii

Darren T. Kimura on CNBC

Renewable energy expert from Hawaii Darren T. Kimura is featured on CNBC

Darren T. Kimura, CEO of Sopogy who’s company is based in Hawaii has developed a technology for concentrated solar power plants around the world, including one on the Big Island.

“The islands are separated, so every single island has its own grid,” he says, explaining the challenge of integrating renewable energy, with its intermittent nature, such as clouds over the sun. “Our technology incorporates storage, where we are able to basically buffer the effects of clouds.” Kimura says that with concentrated solar, a plant can store power to be used after the sun sets, “way up to maybe even midnight.”

He says solar power companies haven’t experienced the same pushback from locals that the wind energy industry has seen. Still, he’s heard complaints, like feedback on Sopogy’s solar collector called the SopoNova . “We heard from the locals here, ‘Wow, SopoNova’s really ugly’—and it did look ugly. We redesigned it, we designed the aesthetics of it to match the ground color for example, and we made it blend in with local topology.”