For Honolulu-based clean energy company Sopogy Inc., APEC will give it a chance to strengthen its foothold in Asia, where it already has projects in Thailand, Singapore and Japan, said Darren Kimura, president and chief executive officer.
Having dozens of potential customers under one roof is extremely beneficial from a logistical standpoint, he said. A typical business trip to Asia involves 18 hours of flying time each way and considerable expense for airfare and hotel stays.
“Here we can hit five or six countries at once,” Kimura said. “It will save us months’ worth of traveling.”
Kimura said Sopogy is planning to take potential customers on tours of its office in Honolulu and its solar power facility in Kona. “We’re planning on doing quite a bit of show and tell.”