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NEWS BEAT RIMPAC Tests Greenpath Technologies' Systems Two of Greenpath Technologies, Inc.'s (GPT) solar energy products took part in Rim of the Pacific's (RIMPAC) green energy land-based exercises during the military's biennial maritime security testing in July. "It gives us much pleasure and a great sense of pride to know that we can locally develop a superior hightech product that our troops here and abroad can effectively use," says GPT's Jim Chaney. One product tested was Greenpath Technologies' CLIMA-TEK solar/ DC-powered air conditioning (AC) system, which can run 100 percent independent of the energy grid, providing cool air directly from the sun. CLIMA-TEK can run 24/7 and draws its power entirely from GPT's portable STORM solar modules and power dense LiFePO4 battery bank. The second GPT product tested was its Portable Power System (PPS) designed to provide solar power to remote areas. Along with laptops, cell phones and radios, the PPS can provide power for larger water purification systems, water pumping, sensitive communication servers and mobile medical equipment. Greenpath Technologies' green energy products were put to the test during RIMPAC. Mills Buys Ameron Hawaii, Island Ready-Mix Concrete suppliers Ameron Hawaii and Island Ready-Mix Concrete have been sold to Pohaku Paa LLC, which is owned by Hawaii developer Bill Mills. The deal with Ameron International Corp. was completed in early July for an undisclosed amount. According to reports, Wade Wakayama will continue as president and CEO of Ameron Hawaii and Francis Kuhn will remain at the helm of Oahubased Island Ready-Mix Concrete. "There will be no changes in current management or employees, and all operating and management decisions will now be made locally," says Mills, chairman of The Mills Group (TMG), a real estate development and invest- ment company in Honolulu. Ameron Hawaii has more than 250 employees with locations on Oahu and Maui. The company manufactures and supplies aggregates and ready-mix concrete. Island Ready-Mix Concrete works with large residential and commercial projects as well as small do-it-yourself projects. RevoluSun Installs PV System at HPA A solar ground-mounted system designed and installed by RevoluSun is expected to save Hawaii Preparatory Academy (HPA) about $27,000 in energy costs per year at its Waimea campus. The ground-mounted photovoltaic system was placed above the school's Energy Lab where students research renewable energy alternatives, among other projects. "We are very pleased to support HPA in its long-term efforts to create renewable energy," says Eric Carlson, RevoluSun principal. "It goes hand-inhand with the educational initiatives and student learning happening at HPA's incredible Energy Lab, which is a superb model of sustainable buildings and clean living." The system is comprised of 480 ReneSola, 255-watt modules and is expected to save HPA 48 percent on the power produced through a powerpurchase agreement compared to what the school would have paid Hawaii Electric Light for the same amount of kilowatt-hours. "In addition to the energy the array will produce, this project provides a wonderful opportunity for our students to monitor our energy usage and to learn about the economics of solar energy production," says Robert McKendry, chief financial officer of the Big Island school. RevoluSun's ground-mounted photovoltaic system is expected to greatly reduce Hawaii Preparatory Academy's energy expenses each year. PHOTO COURTESY OF HAWAII PREPARATORY ACADEMY 52 | BUILDING INDUSTRY HAWAII | AUGUST 2014

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Building Industry Magazine - August 2014

Contracts Awarded
Low Bids
Company Profile: HPM Building Supply
Faces: ABC Hawaii Celebration
News Makers
New Products
Faces: Red, White and Blue
Faces: Hawaii Power

Building Industry Magazine - August 2014