Rise Of The Rooftop Farmer

Via The Economist, a report on how Singapore looks to the skies—for fields: Benjamin Swan’s farm is on the fourth floor of an office building in an industrial part of Singapore. To see his crops, visitors are escorted past a door unlocked with a thumbprint and through an airlock. (“Our air is certified,” says an assistant.) […]

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The World’s Largest Urban Farm – Built On A Rooftop

Courtesy of The Guardian, a report on the world’s largest urban farm – built on a rooftop: On top of a striking new exhibition hall in the southern 15th arrondissement of Paris, the world’s largest urban rooftop farm has started to bear fruit. Strawberries, to be precise: small, intensely flavoured and resplendently red. They sprout abundantly […]

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Green Roofs Can Boost Economies

Via The Times of Malta, a report on the economic benefits of green roofs: June 6 marked the very first World Green Roof Day. For a world just emerging from the isolation of lockdown into social distancing, the presence and importance of nature in our lives has become acutely evident. Stuck at home, our only […]

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Bangladesh’s Largest Solar Rooftop Deal

Via PV Magazine, a report on Bangladesh’s largest industrial solar rooftop project to date:   Dhaka-based renewables developer Joules Power Limited will install Bangladesh’s largest industrial solar rooftop – a 3.1 MW system in the Narayanganj district near the capital. The 33,000m2 array will cover multiple buildings owned by textile company Robintex Group, which will buy the electricity generated by the […]

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Selling Solar Power: The Business Case Behind Shopping Centres’ Solar Investments

Via Which-50, a detailed look at the business case behind shopping centres’ solar investments: In a softer retail environment, shopping centres have reallocated their floor space. More square metres have gone to food and entertainment precincts as consumer preferences shift. Now they’re looking beyond their four walls — specifically to the real estate on the roof […]

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What’s Next For Tesla’s Solar Roof?

Via Inverse, a report on Tesla’s solar roof: TESLA CEO ELON MUSK IS PUBLICLY BULLISH about Tesla’s solar roof future, citing an enthusiastic public and a proven technology. He also benefits from friendly legislators in his home state of California, eager to reduce the state’s reliance on fossil fuels. But during a recent call with investors, […]

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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.”