Riley Saito

Energy Specialist and the Deputy Director
County of Hawaii

Riley is currently with the County of Hawai’i, Research and Development Department, in the couple of roles, as the Energy Specialist and the Deputy Director in the last  4 years.   This is his first time in his multi-faceted career working in a public service organization.     Began a 16-year career with Hyatt Hotels following graduation from the University of Hawaii, Manoa with a business degree from the School of Travel Industry Management in 1978.  In 1994 began 10 years with Mauna Lani Resort as a Vice President and Corporate Controller.  Spearheaded Mauna Lani Resort’s project for the first commercially finance PV system in 1998.  By 2003 the resort had ~1 MW of PV systems in operation.  In 2004 joined SunPower Corporation and worked for over a decade to shape Hawai‘i ‘s clean energy future through legislative, policy, and business development initiatives.  He started a renewable energy consulting business prior to joining the County.