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San Diego

Jones Lang LaSalle Expands Energy and Sustainability Services with New Solar Power Solutions Team

Addition of solar and renewable energy expert David Gralnik enhances firm’s capabilities in solar power feasibility, negotiation and installation in buildings


SAN DIEGO, May 18, 2010 — Jones Lang LaSalle today announced the expansion of its formidable Energy and Sustainability Services group with the establishment of a comprehensive Solar Power Solutions capability. The Solar Power Solutions team is led by industry veteran David Gralnik, who was recently hired as Senior Vice President in Jones Lang LaSalle’s San Diego office.

Gralnik’s expertise in all aspects of solar power in commercial buildings, combined with Jones Lang LaSalle's deep resources in engineering and project management, allows the firm to provide local and worldwide solutions designed to meet each client's unique renewable energy objectives.  Gralnik is also responsible for maximizing the solar optimization of clients’ rooftops by leasing roof space and providing installation and ongoing management services for those sites. 

“Jones Lang LaSalle has managed solar installations successfully in the past, but with Dave Gralnik on board we now have a complete life cycle capability, from conducting a strategic portfolio analysis to implementing and maintaining solar installations,” said Peter Belisle, President of Energy and Sustainability Services at Jones Lang LaSalle Americas. “As corporate and investor owners of multi-property portfolios become increasingly intrigued by solar power opportunities, we can help them design and implement cost-effective programs that further their sustainability goals.”

Based on each owner’s specific needs, Solar Power Solutions team members may:
 
  • Assess portfolios to determine the potential for generating power for property occupants to use or to sell to local utilities;

  • Consider all cost/benefit factors, including taxes, incentives and financing options as well as upfront costs and operational savings;

  • Negotiate contracts for building owners, including power purchase agreements with occupants and/or lease agreements with solar developers (including utilities).

  • Manage projects to ensure proper installation without disruption to tenants or employees;

  • Conduct ongoing maintenance of solar arrays.

“Even with tax rebates and incentives from various levels of government, solar power installations are difficult for most owners to justify on the basis of short-term financial payback alone,” Gralnik said. “However, as solar technology improves and installation becomes more affordable, owners with expert guidance may find solar and other renewable energy technologies cost-effective strategies for controlling costs while reducing their carbon footprint.”

Gralnik has more than two decades of energy industry experience.  Most recently, he managed and expanded strategic accounts and international financing alliance partnerships at Solar Integrated Technologies. His prior renewable energy experience includes positions a Honeywell SES, RealEnergy, TXU Energy, Sempra Energy Solutions and PG&E Energy Services. He holds a bachelors degree in business administration from California State University at Northridge and is Six Sigma certified.

Jones Lang LaSalle’s Energy and Sustainability Services group provides comprehensive, integrated services such as energy management, LEED project management, corporate sustainability consulting and green facility and property management.  In 2009, Jones Lang LaSalle documented $100 million in energy savings for clients by saving 836 million kilowatt-hours, resulting in reduced greenhouse gas emissions totalling 465,000 tons. The firm has been recognized by Urban Land Institute with a Sustainable Cities award in 2008, by the U.S. Green Building Council with a Leadership Award in 2009 and by ENERGY STAR as Partner of the Year in 2007 and 2010.
 
About Jones Lang LaSalle
Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE:JLL) is a financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate. The firm offers integrated services delivered by expert teams worldwide to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying or investing in real estate. With 2009 global revenue of $2.5 billion, Jones Lang LaSalle serves clients in 60 countries from 750 locations worldwide, including 180 corporate offices.  The firm is an industry leader in property and corporate facility management services, with a portfolio of approximately 1.6 billion square feet worldwide. LaSalle Investment Management, the company’s investment management business, is one of the world’s largest and most diverse in real estate with approximately $40 billion of assets under management. For further information, please visit our Web site, www.joneslanglasalle.com.