Archive for September, 2014

Future Mega Cities Will Need Solar Roof Energy

Via Solar Daily, a look at how new developments in solar energy have transformed all the roofs – and even walls – of houses, apartment blocks, garages, offices, factories, schools and municipal buildings into potential giant solar energy receivers: Seven billion people will live and work in urban areas by 2050 and the demand for […]

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Solar Thermal Water Solutions: Hot Or Cold?

Two recent articles on solar water heating represents the potential – and difference – this sector has as compared to solar energy.  The first, via the New York Times, notes how interest in solar water heating is growing globally: To produce milk and cheese for the world, dairies need cows and grass. But they also […]

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Rooftop Farming In Hong Kong

Via IN Media, a report on rooftop farming in Hong Kong: The rooftop farm at the Bank of America Tower in Central Urban farming, usually done on rooftops, has been gaining traction around the world. Its rise can originally be traced to increased awareness of CO2 emissions that result when our food travels hundreds, if […]

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Brighter Future: Putting Solar Panels On School Roofs

Via the Solar Energy Industries Association, an interesting assessment of how solar energy helps to power schools in communities across America: Any building with a large, flat rooftop is a prime candidate for a solar installation. And one particular large, flat roof that’s ubiquitous in the U.S. is on schools. According to a new report […]

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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.”