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Riley Saito

Riley Saito

Senior Manager, Hawaii Projects

SunPower System Corp.

Riley’s involvement with renewable energy began with Mauna Lani Resort as a Vice President and Corporate Controller. He championed the resorts’ renewable energy initiatives which resulted in the first commercially funded PV system in the USA, (1998 90 kWp – rooftop of Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows).

Riley has been with SunPower Corporation, Systems, (formally known as PowerLight Corporation) in the State of Hawai`i since 2004 and has been actively involved with the Hawai`i Clean Energy Initiative, Solar Alliance Representative in PUC dockets, legislative policy shaping, and overall business development for residential/commercial/utility PV systems via the Hawaii Renewable Energy Alliance and Hawai`i PV Coalition.

Riley has been involved with utility integrated PV systems over the past 13 years. 1998 - Mauna Lani Resort - first PV interconnection agreement in the State, 2008 - Lanai La ‘ola Solar Farm – first integrated utility controlled interface with large scale PV penetration, 2011- HECO managed RFP - first executed PPA for PV system. He serves as a Kailua-Kona Village Design Commissioner, and on the Board of Directors, Friends of NELHA, a non-profit entity that provides community educational outreach regarding renewable energy.

He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Hawai`i, Manoa, in Travel Industry Management.

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