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Local solar energy firm Sopogy brings in new leader

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:16 p.m. HST, Mar 19, 2013

Honolulu-base solar-thermal technology company Sopogy Inc. said today it has brought in an executive from a mainland solar energy firm to take over day-to-day operations from founder and CEO Darren Kimura.

David  Fernandez will leave his post as vice president of North American operations at SunEdison to become president and chief operating officer of Sopogy, according to a news release from the company. Fernandez was put in charge of Sopogy to “strengthen its execution capabilities,” according to the news release.

Kimura, who founded Sopogy in 2002, will become chief global strategist and chief marketing officer.

Sopogy’s patented system is a variation on an older technology that uses mirrored troughs to concentrate the sun’s rays to heat fluid-filled tubes. The heated fluid can be use to drive turbines for electricity generation or to create heat for industrial uses. Sopogy took the technology, scaled down the troughs to one-third of the size, and made other improvements that resulted in the systems being more mobile and less costly.

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grantos wrote:
one could characterize this as strengthening the leadership of the company rather than demoting an individual
on March 19,2013 | 12:26PM
1local wrote:
get rid of local and bring in the mainlanders
on March 19,2013 | 04:45PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Without Darren there have been no Sopogy.
on March 19,2013 | 12:29PM
false wrote:
WIth Darren's image as a "local boy" wunderkind, the State would not have fallen for Sopogy's inflated claims about the viability of their technology. Their version of solar energy is way more costly and ineffective than photo-voltaics and would not have gotten off the ground without the taxpayer subsidies granted by ACT 221.
on March 19,2013 | 12:57PM
false wrote:
OOps. I meant "WITHOUT Darren's image as a local boy...."
on March 19,2013 | 02:43PM
awahana wrote:
Too late, the damage is done.
on March 20,2013 | 06:20AM
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