I was talking with Andrew Weikert from Shadow Lawn, our contact point for much of the Shadow Lawn/Auntie Anne’s project. The idea of utilizing flat roof space that is otherwise unused real estate has been making me think more and more about the opportunities out there for warehouse owners. Especially in cities, space is precious and with a world that seems to be getting more and more crowded, shouldn’t we learn from our green roof counterparts that leaving a flat, rubber roof empty is like forgetting about planting crops in the mid-west; that would be a major oversight, right?

I often wonder if the green roof idea could be combined with the solar idea. It wouldn’t really take much to add in a green space for people to socialize, eat lunch, relax, but what if that space was shared with solar? As an installation company, we would be happy to see cooler temperatures surrounding our solar installation; heat reduces the efficiency of panels. The soil and plants would absorb the heat and sun for their own benefit and mitigate the spiking temperatures for the solar- not a bad symbiotic relationship. Just talk to the Germans, they’ve been pioneering this technological partnership for over 25 years.

It might be worth while to pursue a relationship with a green roof installer. The clientele would be similar, it wouldn’t be a hard sell and it’s like combining two like minded forces into one. Lancaster has a growing green roof movement with Franklin and Marshall College and Tellus 360 already early believers

Tellus 360 putting the finishing touches on their green roof construction.

in green roofs. We’ll see, but for now I’m excited to see what Auntie Anne’s is doing and we hope that other large, flat roof businesses in the Lancaster County area see solar this as a viable business and investment opportunity. Solar no doubt helps the environment, but a lot of people don’t realize how much it helps the bottom line.

Check out the speed play installation on the Wohlsen Building at Franklin and Marshall College: