Rooftop Solar and Home Batteries Make A Clean Grid Vastly More Affordable

Via Volts, commentary on the potential for rooftop solar and home batteries to make a clean grid vastly more affordable: Energy nerds love arguing over the value of distributed energy resources (DERs), the rooftop solar panels and customer-owned batteries that are growing more popular by the day. There’s a fight in California right now over the value […]

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Raising The Roof: Telsa Roof Suddenly Soars In Cost

Via Inverse, a report on why Tesla’s solar-harvesting tiles have seen a price increase: Tesla has hiked the price of its Solar Roof, and it’s left customers confused. Earlier this month, it emerged that Tesla was raising the price on its solar energy roof tiles even for customers that had already signed a contract for installation. Electrek reported […]

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The Tesla Virtual Power Plant: Distributed Utility Of The Future

Via Inverse, an article on a vision of a distributed utility of the future: Elon Musk has a radical plan to reshape the energy grid — and it could protect against power cuts. During Tesla’s first-quarter 2021 earnings call Monday, the CEO described how the firm’s solar panels and batteries can work together to “operate […]

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A REIT Pioneers Community Solar in New Jersey

Via Commercial Property Executive, a report on Duke Realty’s installation, first of its kind in New Jersey, will expand access to renewable energy to businesses and households: The first community solar project in New Jersey was launched last month, making a milestone in Gov. Phil Murphy’s stated goal of reaching 100 percent clean energy by 2050. […]

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Rooftop Solar: A VC’s View

Via AVC, an interesting venture capitalist’s view on rooftop solar: I’ve been thinking a lot about the economics of rooftop solar. Our family has invested in rooftop solar over the last five years in an attempt to reduce our carbon footprint and reduce our electric bills. When you do that in combination with electrification of […]

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Real Estate Developer Adds 3.7 MW of Solar to Shopping Centers

Via Renewable Energy World, a report on one real estate developer’s plans to maximize shopping center roofspace in New York and Massachusetts: This week, real estate developer Kimco Realty Corp. announced that it has initiated five new solar projects. Four of the projects will be at Kimco properties in the New York metropolitan region, including […]

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About This Blog And Its Author
As potential uses for building and parking lot roofspace continue to grow, unique opportunities to understand and profit from this trend will emerge. Roof Options is committed to tracking the evolving uses of roof estate – spanning solar power, rainwater harvesting, wind power, gardens & farms, “cooling” sites, advertising, apiculture, and telecom transmission platforms – to help unlock the nascent, complex, and expanding roofspace asset class.

Educated at Yale University (Bachelor of Arts - History) and Harvard (Master in Public Policy - International Development), Monty Simus has held a lifelong interest in environmental and conservation issues, primarily as they relate to freshwater scarcity, renewable energy, and national park policy. Working from a water-scarce base in Las Vegas with his wife and son, he is the founder of Water Politics, an organization dedicated to the identification and analysis of geopolitical water issues arising from the world’s growing and vast water deficits, and is also a co-founder of SmartMarkets, an eco-preneurial venture that applies web 2.0 technology and online social networking innovations to motivate energy & water conservation. He previously worked for an independent power producer in Central Asia; co-authored an article appearing in the Summer 2010 issue of the Tulane Environmental Law Journal, titled: “The Water Ethic: The Inexorable Birth Of A Certain Alienable Right”; and authored an article appearing in the inaugural issue of Johns Hopkins University's Global Water Magazine in July 2010 titled: “H2Own: The Water Ethic and an Equitable Market for the Exchange of Individual Water Efficiency Credits.”