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Sopogy founder Kimura to speak at CoBE AACSB celebration

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Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

Darren Kimura, president and founder of Sopogy, Inc., will address the University of Hawai╩╗i at Hilo College of Business and Economics at its Celebration of AASCB Accreditation on Wednesday, March 31, 3 p.m. in UCB 127. The public is invited to attend.

Sopogy, 2010 Hawai╩╗i Business Magazine Innovation Award winner, is a leader in MicroCSP technologies that bring the economics of large scale Concentrating Solar Power systems (CSP) to the distributed generation market. These technologies are used to create process heat, solar air conditioning or electrical power. At the recent Hawai╩╗i Venture Capital Summit in Honolulu, Sopogy was cited as an example of a Hawai╩╗i-based company that would be successful in a global setting.

Originally founded in 2002 at the Energy Laboratories, an energy concept incubator of Energy Industries, another Kimura company, Sopogy is focused at bringing a new renewable energy technology to the market and envisions a future of clean power, green systems and LEEDÔäó smart buildings. The company has expanded operations to seven western states, while maintaining its research and development in Hawai╩╗i.

Kimura is a 15-year serial energy entrepreneur and is experienced in acquisitions, having led the purchase of the Quantum Energy companies, and in private placements, having sold Energy Smart News, Pacific Energy Services and eControls.

He is an award-winning entrepreneur, as Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year 2000, Inaugural Top 40 under Forty 2000, SBA West Coast Regional Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2002 (California, Hawai╩╗i and Arizona), Hawaiian Electric Trade Ally of the Year 2006, Technology Leader of the Year 2006 and Green Entrepreneur of the Year 2007. He holds a B.A. from the University of Hawai╩╗i and is a graduate of Waiakea High School.

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