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Sopogy, Chaminade host Furlough Friday workshop (March 12)


Sopogy, Inc. and the Hogan Entrepreneurial Program at Chaminade University will host a free furlough Friday workshop for high school students focusing on renewable energy and energy efficiency.

The event 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Friday, March 12 at Sopogy’s headquarters.

By teaming up with industry leaders from Energy Industries, Kanu Hawaii and Hawaii Science & Technology Council (HISciTech), the workshop will feature a unique educational platform and activities on clean energy and technology including how to make a solar cooker and build a parabolic solar collector from a pizza box.

Students will also have an opportunity to meet Darren Kimura, President and CEO of Sopogy and Founder of Energy Industries to learn about entrepreneurship, as well as learn about product development from the Sopogy team that helped to pioneer the micro-scaled concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies.

“Sopogy has a long-standing commitment to serving our community and we’re very excited to partner with the Chaminade students to be able to support the education of our youth,” Kimura said. “We encourage team members to get involved, and the best way we can do that is by lending our knowledge and paying it forward.”

More than 50 students as well as a few parents and teachers interested in observing are expected to attend the Renewable Energy furlough Friday workshop – the largest turnout for the program thus far. The Hogan program will continue to offer a regular series of workshops to high school students for the remaining Furlough Fridays on April 23, May 30, June 7 and June 14.

“The purpose of the furlough workshops is to take students into the workplace of some of the most prominent business and community leaders in Hawaii and provide them with learning opportunities that extend beyond the classroom,” Chaminade student John Rankin said. “This will hopefully empower them to take a bigger role in their own future.”

To complete the circle, Sopogy will implement their quarterly ‘Fossil Fuel Free Friday’ so all employees, students, and participants are encouraged to attend using an efficient alternative mode of transportation such as walk, bike, bus or carpool.

Lunch will be provided thanks to generous donations from local businesses Round Table Pizza Kailua, Waialua Soda Works and Styrophobia.

Sopogy specializes in MicroCSP™ solar technologies that bring the economics of large solar energy systems to the industrial, commercial and utility sectors in a smaller, robust and more cost effective package. Sopogy’s goal is to create solar solutions that improve the quality of life and simplify the solar power business.

The Hogan Entrepreneurial Program is funded by generous contributions from the Hogan Family Foundation. The mission of the Hogan Family Foundation is to promote the entrepreneurial spirit through the creation and operation of educational, civic-minded and humanitarian programs designed to encourage a more productive and contributory society.

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