Honolulu's Civil Beat came to the Big Island and interviewed Richard for this really good article on energy and Hawai‘i - and then today it was picked up by the Huffington Post. Wow.
From Civil Beat:
by Sophie Cocke 8/15/13
HAMAKUA, BIG ISLAND — Lush green fields rise and dip through the rolling hills that stretch down to the deep blue of the Pacific Ocean. The verdant surroundings and tropical air suggest this farm could be one of countless others. So does the water that flows past leafy, green taro fields, stalks of corn that sway in the breeze and the sweet potato patch.
But the subtle, steady swooshing of the water signals how this farm is different. The water has been diverted from a mountain stream, down a 150-foot slope and into a small, blue shed where it sends blades spinning to generate electricity.
Yes, Hamakua Springs Country Farms has its own hydroelectric plant.
Farmer Richard Ha borrowed money to install the plant as part of a 19th-century solution to a very 21st century problem: sky-high energy rates....
There's a short video interview with Richard at the end, too.
- posted by Leslie Lang