His Roof Wasn’t Suitable for Solar Panels. Here’s What He Did Instead.

Via Yale Climate Connections, a look at how one individual found a different way to help the climate and his community:

A few years ago, Indiana resident John Smillie wanted to put solar panels on his roof. There was just one problem:

Smillie: “It’s not really a good roof for solar.”

But Smillie was not to be deterred. He realized that solar panels might not work for his house, but they might work for a nearby youth-focused nonprofit with a flat, sunny roof.

So he donated the funds and helped find a vendor to install solar panels — which now help the nonprofit save money on their energy bills.

Smillie: “Where that goes is right back into their mission. You know, I got to invest in not only clean power but also in the Youth Service Bureau’s mission, which is serving the youth of the county.”

Smillie has since helped another nonprofit go solar, and he’s working with a third. He’s helping cover the upfront costs and advising them on how to take advantage of clean energy tax credits from the federal Inflation Reduction Act.

He says this approach has helped him feel that he’s making a difference on climate change.

Smillie: “It just feels good to be useful and to do something about it, and to also just invest in my community at the same time.”

And Smillie welcomes the many people across the country who have contacted him for advice on how they can bring solar power to nonprofits in their own communities.

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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.”