Darren Kimura discusses some of the renewable energy technologies being explored here in Hawai‘i, local prospects for green jobs, and how we can each make simple changes to reduce our energy consumption.
Darren Kimura is the President and CEO of Sopogy, Inc., a company that developed a new way to concentrate solar power to create electricity. Kimura, originally from Hilo, began his career in renewables and efficiency in 1992 working as an EPA Green Light Surveyor. He went on to found Hawai‘i’s own national energy company “Energy Industries” in 1994. Over his career he created numerous companies, created hundreds of green-collar jobs and traveled the world presenting energy savings tips for consumers and businesses.
The Sakamaki Extraordinary Lectures are an annual summer series extending the intellectual resources of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa to the community. The 2009 lectures support Outreach College’s Sustain Your Brain initiative and provide a multi-dimensional examination of Hawai‘i’s progress in the development of clean and renewable energy.