Munich, 3 July 2023 – The Dutch solar company, Soly, celebrated its tenth anniversary at the end of June and marked the occasion with a big announcement: they are joining forces with Europe's leading smart energy company, gridX. The partnership allows Soly to provide their customers with more advanced home energy management systems. gridX’s IoT platform and gateway are the digital infrastructure on which Soly is able to build digital customer solutions, from their own energy management app to – in the future – virtual power plants. This service extension brings Soly customers numerous advantages: by integrating the energy management solution, all decentralized energy resources (DERs) in several tens of thousands of households will be digitally accessible, connected and controllable in the future. This will enable energy flows to be intelligently managed, costs to be minimized, and self-consumption of locally-produced renewable power to be maximized. Likewise, dynamic tariffs can be leveraged: the energy management system harmonizes solar production, energy consumption and electricity prices in real time, thus optimally coordinating them. The cooperation between the two companies will initially run for five years.
Manufacturer-independent and modular setup for maximum flexibility
The solar company plans to offer the expanded solution, Soly Brain, in all markets in which it is currently active: Germany, the United Kingdom, Belgium and its main market, the Netherlands. The XENON platform’s modular structure allows country-specific requirements to be taken into account and integrated into the solution. New modules can also be added as conditions change over time so that the individual needs of every market are constantly addressed. Until now, Soly has focused on the installation, commissioning and maintenance of photovoltaic (PV) systems. Increasingly, however, the Dutch company is also focusing on other devices, including batteries and wallboxes. gridX’s manufacturer-independence provides Soly with maximum flexibility to expand their portfolio by integrating additional devices, such as heat pumps, in the future.
Ambitious scaling targets make the perfect match
Soly was launched in the Netherlands in 2013 with the vision of positively contributing to climate protection. Since then, the company has installed more than 30,000 systems in the Netherlands and beyond. "Through our work, we are driving sustainable energy production on a large scale, making a relevant contribution to the energy transition," says Milan van der Meulen, Co-Founder of Soly. The solar company's success story is based on a unique business model: customers can order their photovoltaic (PV) systems quickly and easily in a purely digital planning process. Almost everything is done via the company's own app – from the initial inquiry to the entire planning. Only the installation is carried out physically at the respective location. This approach allows Soly to install and commission rooftop PV systems and other DERs at the customer's site within around eight weeks of the start of planning – normally, at least double or triple this time is required. "We see ourselves as an internationally active utility company of the future. Therefore, it is now time to connect our customers in an energy community. In order to achieve our ambitions and focus on our core competencies, we need the right partner for smart energy management and a powerful scalable technology. We have found both with gridX," explains van der Meulen. gridX Managing Director and Chief Growth Officer, Tim Steinmetz, adds, "Soly is currently scaling rapidly in all its active markets. We are pursuing equally strong international growth targets and want to work with partners that focus on having the greatest impact possible. With a highly ambitious international player like Soly, the path towards 100% clean energy doesn’t seem so long."
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Now it's official, gridX and Soly are teaming up: Tim Steinmetz, Managing Director and CGO at gridX (right), and Philipp Schockenhoff, Account Executive at gridX (left), presented the very first IoT gateway Soly Brain to Soly co-founder, Milan van der Meulen (center), on the occasion of Soly's tenth anniversary celebrations.
gridX is Europe's leading smart energy company based in Aachen and Munich. With its IoT platform XENON, gridX enables manufacturer-independent monitoring and management of distributed energy resources. XENON allows partners to develop and scale energy management solutions faster than ever before. By partnering with gridX, Fastned is able to install more charging points at sites without the need for costly grid extensions, and the Viessmann Group is able to offer its customers intelligent and integrated home energy management systems.