Meet Ben Roberts

Manager, Development

Ben manages Palladium’s development activities and supports the overall project pipeline.

Ben Roberts
  1. What excites you the most about your role at Palladium?

Working with a tight-knit group of experienced developers that have the know-how to execute successful projects.

  1. What do you see as the most significant tailwind in the renewables industry?

I believe energy storage is a key to the future of the renewable industry. It will unlock many vital aspects for renewable projects, ultimately resulting in more reliable and stable energy production. With the technological advances of storage, compounding with the IRA incentives, I believe energy storage is primed for a surge in the coming years. 

  1. What do you see as the greatest challenge facing the renewables industry and how do you think we can solve it?

Permitting regulations. I believe we are heading in the direction of more rigorous permitting requirements across the US, that will result in more challenging hurdles to overcome for project approvals. The solution must come from properly educating local communities on the benefits these projects can bring and working with those communities to create realistic but justifiable requirements to comprise a healthy balance.

  1. What is your favorite quote?

“Good people are happy when something good happens to someone else.”

– Dean Smith

  1. What is a recent great read you’d like to share?

Saints At The River by Ron Rash comes to mind. It is an interesting story of a tragic drowning accident that brings a one-time resident of a small South Carolina town back home to investigate the incident. I was very intrigued by this read because it was an overall interesting concept for a story, but it also is set in a region very close to my hometown of Asheville, NC that I have visited many times.

  1. What is a secret talent or fun hobby you do outside of developing solar?

I have played basketball my whole life and dreamed of playing in college one day. While it did not come in the way I expected, in college I had the privilege to participate as a “practice player” for the women’s basketball team. This involved watching films with the team to identify a certain player on the opponent’s team and their specific playing style to mimic during our practices. I would then take those notes and compete against our players to prepare the team for upcoming games.