Darren Q&A: What got you started in the energy field?

I grew up in a small town in Hawaii called Hilo. When I was growing up we’d have frequent and lengthy power outages, sometimes intentionally, others unplanned. It was such a normal fact of life many Hiloians have forgotten about them now. From back then I was thinking about energy solutions. My first endeavor was in conservation which led me to found Energy Industries in 1994. My second was in clean energy generation which led me to found Sopogy in 2002. I think this passion to solve energy problems have driven my career.  This is also why I’m so focused on bringing solutions to markets like India where they’re experiencing similar power outage issues now.

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