30 – Onaje Jackson – Ahead of his time

Onaje Jackson is a leader in the “green” technology, sustainability, and sustainable development and design movements and his company, Sustainable Systems & Design International (SSDI), has been a leading performer in earth-friendly infrastructure and facility design for the past 30 yrs. SSDI has particularly earned recognition as a major leader in solar electric-PV system design and application, being responsible for ground-breaking net-metering and building integrated projects. SSDI has completed successful renewable energy/”green” technology, sustainable development and sustainability proects throughout the Americas including, among numerous others;

• The World Bank; Guyana, South America: Planning, engineering, and installation of solar and wind powered water delivery systems in the Rupununi Interior District.

• The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority and the Virgin Islands Energy Office; Design, engineering, and installation of pilot Net Metered PV power supply systems, the 1st utility sponsored net metered PV systems in the Caribbean.

• The Nature Conservancy: Sustainable Development and technology master planning and project implementation for The Nature Conservancy Conservation Center, at the historic 60 acre Estate Little Princesse, St. Croix, USVI.

Before founding SSDI in 1993, Jackson was a Technical Advisor to the Government of the USVI, supporting the formation of solar and conservation programs for the V.I. Energy Office and Directing the VI Coastal Zone Management Program. Between 1981-89, Jackson served as an Applied Research Associate for two top architectural engineering firms in the New York City area focusing on energy conservation in buildings, building integrated solar technologies, and applied materials research. In 1979-80, Jackson completed an internship at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and designed a demonstration project using renewable energy technologies in rural areas for the Government of Jamaica, West Indies.

Mr. Jackson has served multiple terms on the US National Boards of Directors of the American Solar Energy Society, the Caribbean Solar Energy Society, the US Green Building Council – LEED Program – Caribbean Chapter, and the Yale African American Cultural Center, and has lectured extensively in the US and the Caribbean on renewable energy and sustainable development.

About the author, Chip

I am a serial adventurer, an entrepreneur. a dad, a politician, an artist, an athlete, and a coach. I am always seeking to learn something new, something I do not know. I am also an owner. I have had enough. It is time for me to take a more forceful stand. I am starting a war of sorts. A war to fight this infection that is consuming too much of our lives. I will do EVERYTHING I can to bring people together to think bigger, wider, higher and lower. I cannot stand the ignorance and fear that is guiding too much of the world around us. I ask you to join me. Let's partner together to build something that will stand against all the anger.

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