Clean energy companies have unique real estate needs that the real estate sector is rising to meet. In this interview, Ben Stapleton, VP of Clean Tech Practice Group at Jones Lang LaSalle, discusses his experience in meeting real estate needs of his clean energy clients. Jones Lang LaSalle provides real estate services such as site selection, brokerage, property management, and facilities management to a wide range of customers.
Two and half years ago, Stapleton started the Clean Tech Practice Group to serve companies in renewable energy. His clients include solar manufacturing sites, battery manufacturing sites, show rooms for electric cars, electric car charging stations, and utility scale solar and wind sites. The renewable energy sector has some unique needs. Stapleton gives the example of his work with an electric car company, who was subject to traditional automotive zoning even when the company’s cars creates no exhaust. Stapleton argues that electric car companies should not be classified under the same automotive class. As the clean energy sector redefines the rules, so must real estate companies work with policy makers to make room for these new technologies. The group’s goal is to apply best practices and grow incentives for the renewable energy sector, thus accelerating the adoption of clean energy.
Connie Kwan is a GreenTech Marketing professional based in Silicon Valley, CA. She is pursuing an MBA in Sustainability at Presidio Graduate School and blogs about sustainability and business at Sustainable Thinking: Applied. Follow her on Twitter @ConnieMKwan.