(Pacific Business News) State officials will announce an agreement next week that calls for Hawaii and China to jointly pursue clean-energy projects.
The announcement is expected to be made at the fourth-annual Asia-Pacific Clean Energy Summit, which runs Monday through Wednesday at the Hawaii Convention Center.
Organizers say the summit is the ideal place to network and make clean-energy deals. And one of those deals, which is being developed by the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, is a memorandum of understanding letter of intent agreement to be signed by China and Hawaii.
The agreement will identify Chinese firms that will seek opportunities in Hawaii and with its companies.
“Part of the next step is for us to actively assist them [China] in linking Hawaii firms and opportunities with businesses in China that would like to invest in clean-energy development,” said Mark Glick, administrator for the State Energy Office. “We have no idea of the scale or how much it will invest. It’s fundamentally unlimited from a potential standpoint.”
Glick added that shortly after the summit, a letter of intent for a memorandum of understanding is expected to be signed for a Korean Smart Grid Project, which will test innovative automated metering infrastructure in a hospitality industry setting.
“It’s an exciting thing, which focuses on our theme — clean-energy test beds in Hawaii and the Asia-Pacific region — how islands are becoming leaders in the clean-energy movement and Hawaii is one of the leaders,” Glick said.
Jeff Mikulina, executive director of the nonprofit Blue Planet Foundation, a Honolulu-based environmental organization, will moderate a panel discussion at the summit called “Innovative Solutions in the Test Bed,” which will explore recent innovations in the clean-energy supply, storage and mobility sectors.
“Hawaii wants to invite these firms to see how it would work,” he told PBN.