Sopogy, a developer of micro Concentrated Solar Power (MicroCSP) technology, has secured a contract to supply its proprietary solar thermal collectors for a 5MW MicroCSP project in the Kalaeloa district of Oahu, Hawaii.

The Kalaeloa Solar One project, a partnership between the State of Hawaii, Department of Hawaiian Home Lands and Keahole Solar Power (KSP) will enable the region to meet the goal of the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative to source 70% of its energy consumption from renewable sources by 2030.

Sopogy’s solar thermal collectors employing MicroCSP technology is claimed to provide high efficiencies, low cost and robust applications which can be effective on buildings or ground installations to provide electricity, heat and cooling.

In addition, the backup capabilities of the solar thermal storage to be provided by Sopogy for the Kalaeloa solar project is expected to offer benefits for the grid by providing a buffer for short-term variations during cloudy conditions or at night.

KSP member of board of directors Edward Lui said that Sopogy developed a fast and simple template solution which meets our internal rate of return goals.

“The MicroCSP package includes the concentrating solar collectors and thermal storage which is delivered quickly and assembled on-site at a very cost-effective price,” Lui said.