The Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawai`i Authority has been transformed in the few years since its former executive director, Ron Baird, departed. At a meeting of the NELHA board last month, presentations by prospective tenants suggested the state-owned facility, now under the direction of Greg Barbour, might be returning to its mission of giving a leg up to developing energy technologies.
In the first case, Apparent, Inc., based in Novato, California, is proposing to build an ice plant powered by photovoltaic panels on about 10 acres of mauka land at NELHA, near Queen Ka`ahumanu Highway. The company . . .
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