Strategic Energy and Management Consultant
Pacific International Center for High Technology Research
Mr. Kaya serves as Project Director for the Pacific International Center for High
Technology Research and the Hawaii Renewable Energy Development Venture. Building on the knowledge he gained in over two decades of service to the public and private energy sector in Hawaii, Mr. Kaya also consults on clean energy policies, investments, and management strategies to clients in Hawaii and the US mainland.
He previously served as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. As CTO, Mr. Kaya led efforts to diversify the statewide economy, developing programs to increase investment in strategic technologies through public-private partnerships with a major focus on clean energy technology.
Among his significant achievements, Mr. Kaya developed a comprehensive energy policy strategy for the State of Hawaii. The integrated strategy, known collectively as Energy for Tomorrow, takes advantage of the unique combination of energy assets and attributes of the island state: a wealth of renewable energy resources, high energy costs, expertise with research units at the University of Hawaii, state investment in
research infrastructure, and broad commitment from both public and private sector leaders. Today that strategy is being implemented as the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, a unique partnership between Hawaii and the US Department of Energy to
deploy clean energy resources in significant quantities in Hawaii.
As Chief Technology Officer he served as principal advisor to the Hawaii Governor on clean energy. His expertise on clean energy technologies and policies has been sought
throughout the US and by foreign governments in Asia and Europe, and he has been asked to speak before a wide variety of audiences on the importance of alternate energy pathways for economic security, and the particularly important role of states.
He currently serves as a board member of Energy Industries, a leading clean energy project integrator in Hawaii and the mainland US. The US Secretary of Energy appointed him to the State Energy Advisory Board and the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee. He is also a former board member of the National Association of State Energy Officials.
Mr. Kaya previously served as the Vice President and Chief Engineer of a major civil engineering firm in Honolulu; as the Deputy Director and Chief Engineer for the City and
County of Honolulu; and as the Director of Facilities Planning and Engineering, US Navy Public Works Center, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
He has been recognized with numerous awards throughout his career, including being named as the Manager of the Year for the Hawaii Department of Business, Economic
Development and Tourism on three separate occasions, as an Energy Champion for state programs in USDOE’s Rebuild America Program, and as a Distinguished Alumni of the University of Hawaii, Hilo. His achievements in energy policy for the State of Hawaii and the nation have been recognized by the Hawaii Governor, Hawaii Legislature, the US Secretary of Energy, the Blue Planet Foundation, and the Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs.
A registered professional engineer, he received a Masters Degree in Environmental Engineering and Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Hawaii.