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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Giant Tesla Solar Roof

Via Inverse, a look at what may be the most ambitious installation of a Solar Roof yet: A REAL ESTATE DEVELOPER in Florida has unveiled what he claims is the state’s largest Tesla Solar Roof install — and it’s earned the praise of Elon Musk. The ChoZen Retreat, an environment-focused resort on the 22,000 acre Saint Sebastian nature preserve, […]

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Turning Parking Garages Into Rooftop Gardens

Via Fast Company, a look at a plan to turn parking garages into rooftop gardens: There are more than 41,000 parking spaces in the central business district of Melbourne, Australia. Many of them could be put to better use, says Julian Anderson, a director at the large Australian architecture firm Bates Smart. “It’s the third largest […]

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Green Shoots: Rooftop Farming Takes Off In Singapore

Via Seed Daily, a report on growing interest in rooftop farming in Singapore: On the rooftop of a Singapore shopping mall, a sprawling patch of eggplants, rosemary, bananas and papayas stand in colourful contrast to the grey skyscrapers of the city-state’s business district. The 10,000 square-foot (930 square-metre) site is among a growing number of […]

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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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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.”