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Sopogy to Supply Equipment for Sustainable-City Project in Abu Dhabi

The Hawaii-based solar energy company Sopogy Inc. has announced that it will provide equipment to be used for an air-conditioning system at Masdar City, a special clean-technology economic zone in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates…

The Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque is a landmark in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, where a solar-powered clean-technology center called Masdar City is planned. Photo: Solar Home & Business Journal

…The Masdar project “serves as a link between today’s fossil fuel economy and the energy economy of the future,” its organizers say. It is led by the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company and is backed by the Mubadala Development Co., an investment vehicle of the government of Abu Dhabi…

More Here: Hawaii Solar Firm to Supply Equipment to Sustainable-City Project in Abu Dhabi.

Hawaii’s Energy Future


Solar Water Heaters Required for New Homes

From the Mayors Office:

Solar water heaters will be required as the primary renewable energy source for new homes after January 1, 2010.

State Senate Bill 644, Act 204, is another step in Hawaii’s Clean Energy Initiative to decrease Hawaii’s dependence on fossil fuel with renewable energy sources by 2030.

Not all areas of the Big Island produce sufficient sunlight to operate a solar water heater system to supply a household with hot water, however. An architect or engineer may, on behalf of the homeowner, file for a variance with State of Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism Strategic Industries Division requesting alternate energy sources.

To download a variance form, a Hawai‘i Solar map, and copies of Senate Bill 644 Act 204, House Bill 1464_CD1, e-mail Public Works at public_works@co.hawaii.hi.us

For further information and latest updates on energy efficiency, visit http://hawaii.gov/dbedt/info/energy or call the State of Hawai‘i toll-free, 974-4000, and ask for the Energy Division at DBED&T.