Solar Company Covers Storage Facilities in Solar Panels—Brings Power to 1,400 Homes

Via Good News Network, a report on an innovative use of storage facility roof space to bring power to 1,400 homes: New Jersey’s largest community solar owner and operator had the bright idea to cover storage space with solar panels. The project was seen through to its conclusion, and now an Extra Space Storage site in Neptune, NJ, boats a […]

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Why Putting Solar Canopies on Parking Lots Is a Smart Green Move

Via Yale e360, an article on why placing solar canopies on large parking lots offers a host of advantages — making use of land that is already cleared, producing electricity close to those who need it, and even shading cars: Fly into Orlando, Florida, and you may notice a 22-acre solar power array in the […]

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Should Shopping Malls Return to their Green Roots?

Via GreenRoofs.com, an article on the potential to utilize malls for a more ecological purpose: Alexandra Lange of The New York Times writes: It is easy to think of indoor and even outdoor malls as anti-landscape: big asphalt parking lots, blank walls, artificial lighting, manufactured scents, digital sounds. But the origin of mall architecture was […]

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Installing Rooftop Solar Can Be a Breeze. Just Look at Australia.

Via The New York Times, commentary on Australia’s leadership in the rooftop solar sector:  I recently moved back here to my home country partly because I believe Australians can show the world how much money households can save through simple climate solutions like rooftop solar How is it that Australia, a country that historically has […]

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1M Trees’ Worth of Smog-fighting Capacity Installed on Roofs Using Special Shingles

Via 3M, news  of how one million trees’ worth of smog-fighting capacity has been installed on roofs using Malarkey Roofing Products shingles with 3M Smog-reducing Granules: Since the launch of the world’s first smog-reducing shingle, Malarkey Roofing Products has provided the industry with enough roofing materials to protect more than 400,000 roofs. Because each roof […]

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EU Set to Make Solar Panels Mandatory on All New Buildings

Via Earth.org, a report on the EU’s decision  – in order to make solar the largest electricity source in the EU – to propose plans for mandatory solar panels on all new buildings by 2029: The EU aims to bring online over 320 GW (320,000 MW) of Solar Energy by 2025 & 600 GW (600,000 […]

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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.”