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Jones Lang LaSalle Contributes to Nationwide Initiative to Implement Innovative BIPV Applications

GLP and Astronergy establish a strategic partnership for the country’s first warehouse rooftop PV power-generation project

Jones Lang LaSalle announced today that the Firm has facilitated the strategic partnership between GLP (China) Co Ltd and Astronergy for China’s first warehouse rooftop photovoltaic (PV) power-generation project. GLP is one of Asia's largest providers of modern logistics facilities. According to the agreement, Astronergy will install PV power-generation facilities for GLP’s projects in 60 logistics parks in 21 Chinese cities, covering as much as 4 million sqm of warehouse rooftop space. GLP’s 87,000-sqm rooftop in Hangzhou Xiasha Economic and Technological Development Zone will be the first to receive such facilities.  

This is a significant milestone as it is a first in China, and nothing of this scope or scale has been embarked upon before. The partnership of Astronergy and GLP, in collaboration with Jones Lang LaSalle, has resulted in a groundbreaking initiative that will not only use green energy and reduce carbon emissions but will also enhance the value of these warehouses, thereby creating significant social and financial benefits.

PV power-generation is a new energy solution that relies on solar cell arrays which convert light into electric energy. This system has gained prominence as a competitive technology, especially when merged with public power grid, due to the increasing demand for electric power as well as concerns for the environment. In line with the 21st-century trend of “green buildings”, the building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) concept has been designed to encourage the production of energy using buildings. PV facilities on rooftops and walls are integrated in order to produce electricity power using solar power. With the technique’s immense potential, it has already begun to receive widespread recognition and support across various fields.

The strategic partnership between GLP and Astronergy is a bold attempt at utilizing the warehouses’ rooftops. Up until now, Astronergy's PV power-generation projects were mainly carried out on vacant land in Western China, while GLP’s rooftop space was left unused. Jones Lang LaSalle, which maintains close relationships with numerous property developers and new energy enterprises, has played a pivotal role in identifying this opportunity and making this landmark partnership happen. GLP’s warehouse pilot project at Hangzhou Xiasha will no doubt set a worthy precedent for the installation of PV power-generation facilities on vacant rooftops.

GLP’s warehouses at Xiasha consist of a total rooftop area of 87,000 sqm, which can accommodate 8,000kW PV power station. The latter is expected to generate 7.6516 million kWh of power each year. Assuming that the average consumption of standard coal by a coal-fired power generation plant is 350g/kWh, the power generated by the PV power station means annual savings of 2,581.2 tons of standard coal, as well as a reduction in smoke and dust emissions of about 34.56 tons; carbon monoxide emissions of about 0.72 tons; carbon dioxide emissions of about 7,560 tons, and sulphur dioxide emissions of about 29.16 tons. In addition, assuming that the average monthly power consumption per household in China is 87kWh, the PV power station will be capable of meeting the power needs of more than 7,330 households per year. As such, the project looks set to make an enormous contribution with respect to the use of warehouse rooftops as a means of saving energy and reducing emissions.

As the third-party solution provider, Jones Lang LaSalle has demonstrated remarkable vision in the field of sustainable development. Jones Lang LaSalle noticed that GLP owned vast unused rooftop space that would have been wasted. On the other hand, Astronergy would not have been able to operate its subsidized solar power project without a suitable partner. Promoting innovative collaboration between these outstanding companies is not only beneficial to all the parties concerned but is also in line with our nation’s long-term strategy of sustainable development. In addition to using readily available building surface, Jones Lang LaSalle is also exploring the idea of introducing design elements that can support PV power-generation projects during the property development stage. This does not only fit with current green building design trends but also effectively saves project development costs and avoids unnecessary waste of resources.

Jones Lang LaSalle has been focusing on maintaining its leading position in providing energy management and sustainable development solutions in the commercial real estate industry. By providing comprehensive services that are consistent with clients’ targets and promote energy savings, Jones Lang LaSalle assisted its clients in minimizing energy usage by 912 million kWh in 2010, representing a reduction of 563,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions and USD128 million in cost savings. Jones Lang LaSalle has also completed an energy sustainability program for New York's landmark Empire State Building, which reduced the building’s energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by 38%. This successful program is an outstanding example of Jones Lang LaSalle’s efforts to promote global sustainable development.