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RevoluSun Hires Kawena Uyematsu as Special Operations and Project Development Representative

RevoluSun Hires Kawena Uyematsu as Special Operations and Project Development Representative

HONOLULUwww.RevoluSun.com – RevoluSun, Hawaii’s leading provider of residential solar systems, has hired Kawena Uyematsu as a Community Project Developer for its Oahu division.

 

In her new role, Uyematsu will provide education about solar, how it works and tax incentives available to Hawaii homeowners, as well as assist in developing custom solar systems for each of her clients.  A veteran in the solar industry, Uyematsu brings a full suite of knowledge and experience to her RevoluSun clients.

 

Prior to working with RevoluSun, Uyematsu worked as an independent contractor for Rising Sun Solar.  She has also run a small business-consulting firm for the past eight years.   

Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative Named Among Four Winners of the 2014 Phoenix Award

Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative Named Among Four Winners of the 2014 Phoenix Award

The Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative (HLRI) was recently awarded the prestigious 2014 Phoenix Award by the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). HLRI, a Hawaii-based nonprofit organization devoted to reforestation, is one of four international winners of this year’s award, announced in conjunction with the SATW 2014 convention in Reykjavik, Iceland.

The award honors individuals and organizations actively involved in conservation, preservation, beautification and anti-pollution campaigns that further the growth and appeal of travel destinations. Winners are nominated by SATW members and are recommended by the Phoenix Award committee before being selected by the SATW board.

Skyline Eco-Adventures Offers Special Zipline Tours During its “Zip for the Trees” Fundraiser

Skyline Eco-Adventures Offers Special Zipline Tours During its “Zip for the Trees” Fundraiser

Skyline Eco-Adventures, Hawaii’s leading commercial zipline company and operator of the first zipline course in the United States, is hosting its fourth-annual “Zip for the Trees” community event and fundraiser from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, at its Haleakala, Maui course.

Support native reforestation by zipping through towering eucalyptus trees on three exhilarating ziplines at Skyline’s original course on the slopes of Haleakala, including Maui’s only pendulum zipline reaching speeds of more than 45 miles per hour. Enjoy this special tour for just $30 per person, and unlimited zipping with a new pass for $50 per person. All proceeds from each tour benefit three local charities: The Children’s Justice Center, the Hui Malama Learning Center, and Maui Youth and Family Services.

Hawaii Solar Industry Leaders Receive Prestigious U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative Award

Hawaii Solar Industry Leaders Receive Prestigious U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative Award

HONOLULU – SafeConnect Solar, a venture started by Hawaii solar industry veterans Mark Duda and Todd Georgopapadakos of Distributed Energy Partners, today announced it has been awarded $500,000 by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative.  The SunShot Incubator award supports development of SafeConnect’s patent-pending device that makes rooftop solar installations simpler, safer, and more affordable.

 

“Renewables are the future of energy generation, but price still limits adoption in many markets,” said Georgopapadakos, SafeConnect Solar Partner.  “For rooftop photovoltaics, the key challenge is reducing ‘soft costs’ – the expense associated with permitting, installation, interconnection, and maintenance.  These have remained persistently high even as module prices have plummeted. Our IP attacks these costs head-on.”

 

Hawaiian Legacy Tours Launches “Earth, Wind and Fire Tour” with Paradise Helicopters

Hawaiian Legacy Tours Launches “Earth, Wind and Fire Tour” with Paradise Helicopters

Hawaiian Legacy Tours (HLT), voted Hawaii’s Best Ecotour 2014 by the Hawaii Ecotourism Association, is offering a new “Earth, Wind and Fire Tour” in partnership with Paradise Helicopters Hawai‘i, a leading operator of helicopter tours on Oahu and Hawaii Island.

Patagonia & Kina‘ole Invest $27 Million In Solar For Hawai‘i

Investment will make clean, affordable solar power available to more Hawai‘i residents, who currently pay 3X average U.S. price for power from coal and oil

VENTURA, Calif. (Oct. 15, 2014) – Patagonia today announced a $13 million tax equity investment in solar power for Hawai‘i – joining with local solar finance company Kina‘ole Capital Partners, LLC to create a new fund that will purchase more than 1,000 rooftop solar energy systems in Hawai‘i, where homeowners currently pay three times the U.S. average price for electricity.

The fund, totaling $27 million, will utilize state and federal tax credits to direct Patagonia’s tax dollars for purchases of solar energy systems. Kina‘ole will make the fund available to all qualified solar installation companies in Hawai‘i.

Girl Scouts of Hawaii gets NOAA grant for “Wonders of Water”

Girl Scouts of Hawaii gets NOAA grant for “Wonders of Water”

Girl Scouts of Hawaii (GSH) has received a $92,500 grant from NOAA Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) grant for its Wonders of Water STEAM leadership program. Beginning in early November, this program will help girls understand how water, the world’s most precious resource, and the environment impact each other.

The goals of Wonders of Water (WOW)  is for young girls to draw on this knowledge and experience and lead others to adopt responsible stewardship practices resulting in healthier watersheds and a more abundant supply of clean water in Hawai‘i.

“We are very excited to receive funding support from such a prestigious organization as NOAA,” said Reyna Kaneko, interim chief executive officer for Girl Scouts of Hawaii. “This  pilot program, at He‘eia Elementary School, in partnership with the Department of Education’s Castle Complex, is a first step to providing a Girl Scout Leadership Experience to more girls statewide.”