SOURCE: Hoku Scientific, Inc.

January 14, 2008 16:05 ET

Hoku Solar Completes PV Installations for Hawaii's Coors and Miller Beer Distributor

KAPOLEI, HI--(Marketwire - January 14, 2008) - Hoku Solar, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Hoku Scientific, Inc. (NASDAQ: HOKU) established to design, engineer and install photovoltaic (PV) power systems, today announced that it has completed the installation of two turnkey PV power systems for Paradise Beverages, Inc. at its Kailua-Kona, on the Big Island of Hawaii, and Lihue, Kauai, facilities, respectively. Combined, the systems include approximately 100 kilowatts of PV panels, and are expected to produce over 150,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity each year.

Paradise Beverages is the Hawaii distributor for Coors, Heineken, Corona, and Miller products, and it consumes a significant amount of electricity to operate its refrigerated and temperature controlled warehouses. Rising utility rates have motivated them to find ways to reduce their electricity costs.

"With soaring energy prices in Hawaii, particularly on the islands of Hawaii and Kauai, our partnership with Hoku Solar couldn't have come at a better time. These systems will save us money and make a positive impact on the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions," said Gordon Usui, Chief Financial Officer for Paradise Beverages.

"We applaud Paradise Beverages' commitment to the environment and reducing Hawaii's dependence on oil," said Dustin Shindo, Chief Executive Officer of Hoku Scientific. "With the completion of these commercial installations, Hoku Solar continues to demonstrate its capabilities as a PV systems integrator, and its commitment to the Hawaii PV market."

PV systems are a sensible way to utilize unused roof space to reduce energy costs and environmental impact. Hoku Solar offers turnkey PV solutions in Hawaii, providing design, engineering, financing, and installation services.

Paradise Beverages' PV systems are expected to produce enough electricity over their lifetime to power the equivalent of 330 homes for one year and offset 2,300 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

About Hoku Scientific, Inc.

Hoku Scientific, Inc. (NASDAQ: HOKU) is a diversified clean energy technologies company with three business units: Hoku Materials, Hoku Solar and Hoku Fuel Cells. Hoku Materials plans to manufacture, market, and sell polysilicon for the solar market from its plant currently under construction in Pocatello, Idaho. Hoku Solar is a provider of turnkey photovoltaic systems in Hawaii. Hoku Fuel Cells has developed proprietary fuel cell membranes and membrane electrode assemblies for stationary and automotive proton exchange membrane fuel cells. For more information visit www.hokuscientific.com.

Hoku® and Hoku Scientific® are registered trademarks and Hoku Solar™ is a trademark of Hoku Scientific, Inc. Hoku Materials is a trademark of Hoku Materials, Inc. All rights reserved. All other trademarks and service marks used in this press release are the property of their respective owners.

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