On July 2, Pacific Biodiesel Technologies officially opened Big Island Biodeisel LLC, the first biofuel refinery to be built in the State of Hawaii since 2000. It has been 12 years since Pacific Biodiesel conceptualized and began operations at its Sand Island refinery on O'ahu. Big Island Biodiesel will utilize recently developed zero-waste, super-efficient processing technology and will play a significant role in helping Hawai'i reach its energy independence and sustainability goals.
Plant Manager at Big Island Biodiesel, Don Caffee, expressed his excitement at the Grand Opening: "We are excited about our contribution to Hawai'i's energy needs and the positive impact it will have on our local community."
The opening was not only an important day for Pacific Biodiesel Technologies--it also signified one more step towards lessening the state's dependence on imported diesel fuel. The "Energy Independence Day" celebration began with speeches from U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye and Hawai'i Gov. Neil Abercrombie.
The governor praised the local investment in the project, saying, "This is a commitment to renewable, this is a commitment to alternative, this is a commitment to energy itself."
Fuel Sales Manager Jenna Long expressed thanks to all those who made the event possible. "I'd like to give a big mahalo to all of our customers who have supported locally produced biodiesel for so many years," said Long. "The success of biodiesel in Hawai'i is truly driven by those who fill up their cars and trucks day by day and keep their 'truly green' dollars working for our state!"