Archive for April, 2013

Ikea’s New Rooftop Solar Installation

Via Earth Techling, an article about Ikea’s new (and ridiculously large) rooftop installation: A new rooftop solar power installation for Ikea? These have become so common, it would have to be pretty special to earn an EarthTechling story. And it is. It’s Ikea’s biggest installation yet: a 768,972-square-foot PV array consisting of 18,576 PV panels […]

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Turkey Joins The Solar Bandwagon With Massive Rooftop Array

Via Green Prophet, an interesting look at Turkey’s solar rooftop industry: Much ado has been made of the great solarization of Gulf countries such as Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi, but Turkey has made some sun-powered progress too. And the most recent development in the south is also the country’s largest. Solimpeks is in the process […]

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Solar-Roof Highways: India’s Road To New Power?

Via EarthTechling, an interesting article on an Indian initiative to consider putting solar “roofs” over highways: Researchers in India, looking for ways to squeeze badly needed solar power into a densely populated country where land costs have skyrocketed in the past decade, are coming up with some innovative ideas. For instance: How about doing two […]

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Walmart’s Solar Strategy

Via Silicon Beat, a look at Walmart’s rooftop solar strategy: Walmart has about 4,500 stores in the United States (which includes retail stores, Sam’s Clubs and distribution centers). That’s a lot of big, flat roofs: perfect for solar PV. Many stores are 80,000 to 120,000 square feet in size; some are as large as 180,00 […]

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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.”