Category Archives: Renewables

Floating energy: a new era of renewables

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As land becomes increasingly expensive and planning consent for large-scale renewable energy projects is more difficult to acquire, floating renewables projects, especially solar-powered ones, are on the rise worldwide. The global market for ‘floatovoltaics’ – floating solar panel installations – is expected to reach $2.7 billion by 2025.

Although floatovoltaics are not new, floating solar panel projects are now being installed all over the world on a massive scale. In 2016, a floating energy farm was installed on the Queen Elizabeth II Reservoir in Surrey, England. With more than 23,000 solar panels and the size of eight soccer fields, it is the largest floating solar installation in Europe. Coming in at twice that size is the floating solar project currently being installed on the Yamakura Dam reservoir in Japan. Once completed, the project’s more than 50,000 floating solar panels will generate enough electricity to power 5,000 homes.

In 2017, however, the rule book was rewritten when China switched on what is now the world’s largest floating renewable energy plant in the nation’s Anhui province. With a $45 million price tag, the giant installation of 120,000 solar panels covers an area equivalent to over 160 football fields and generates enough energy to power 15,000 homes.

Why floatovoltaics are rising to the top

One of the prime reasons for floatovoltaics’ worldwide popularity is their unique design, which addresses multiple efficiency and planning issues. These floating apparatuses are convenient to install in areas with limited land availability and, due to their small size, can be arrayed in unusual shapes. Additional benefits include reduced water evaporation and algae growth and increased solar cell performance.… Read More

Energy storage: achieving the cardinal rule of electricity

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The cardinal rule of electricity is that supply must equal demand at all times. When you flip a light switch, you expect the lights to go on. This rule has challenged utilities, regional transmission organizations, independent system operators and commercial, industrial and residential consumers since the time of Edison. Generally fossil-fired and nuclear generation must run continuously while renewable energy is subject to the intermittency inherent in solar and wind resources. … Read More

Managing real estate is critical to managing climate change

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In  advance of the COP22 conference that was held in Marrakech November 7-18, JLL’s CEO, Christian Ulbrich, shares his thoughts on the important role commercial real estate plays on environmental sustainability in COP 22’s Climate Change: The New Economy. Read the full article here.


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Evaluating your offsite renewable energy options? Why direct access service may be the best option for your business

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Understanding and evaluating your options for offsite renewable energy solutions– which have never been more affordable, especially for C&I organizations – can be challenging. To demystify the process, JLL’s Lauren McAdam outlines why direct access service may be the best offsite renewable option for your business.

What does Direct Access Service entail?  

With Direct Access Service, organizations enter into an Energy Supply Agreement (ESA) with the Energy Service Provider (ESP) for their electric supply, and the Utility continues to deliver the electricity through its transmission and distribution systems.… Read More

Go off the grid with offsite renewable energy solutions

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Alternative energy is a hot topic these days. But did you know that you don’t necessarily need to produce renewable energy onsite to take advantage of the benefits? JLL’s Lauren McAdam explains what your options are for offsite renewable energy – and what you need to know when evaluating your opportunities. 

It’s no secret that renewable energy alternatives present attractive new options for commercial and industrial real estate owners and occupiers. But the reality is that most commercial and industrial (C&I) organizations can’t achieve their sustainability goals such as carbon reduction and energy savings solely through onsite renewable energy solutions – site size limitations, site intrusion, operational interruptions, contract commitment lengths, and other factors all can limit the opportunities.

Many large companies are increasingly looking to offsite renewable energy solutions as an alternative way to achieve their sustainability goals– and approximately 75% of S&P 500 companies have some form of sustainability goals.Read More