Solar Jail Paying Off

solar_jail.JPGThe Alameda County lock-up in Dublin, CA boasts one of the nation’s largest solar electric sustems, a 1.2 MW array on the sprawling rooftops of the jail complex. The system connects to the local grid, relieving the community, most notably, of peak hour costs in the middle of sunny days. From Renewable Energy Access: “By avoiding purchases of expensive peak electricity, it is anticipated that the combined solar generation and energy efficiency measures will generate $15 million in net savings for Alameda County over the next 25 years.” (via Sustainablog)

Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of TriplePundit.com

TriplePundit.com has since grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place.

Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He was instrumental in the creation of TreeHugger.com, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years as well as an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.