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Soly’s anniversary: 10 years of solar energy for everyone

In 2013, Soly - formerly knows as - was founded by brothers Patrick and Milan van der Meulen, with an ambitious goal in mind: to make solar energy accessible to everyone. Now, 10 years later, we celebrate an important anniversary and look back on a decade of progress, innovation, and a growing commitment to the energy transition. Soly has not only helped accelerate the transition to renewable energy, but has also raised awareness about the need to invest in renewable energy sources, such as solar power.

A trip down memory lane
Brothers Milan and Patrick van der Meulen began their journey with a clear vision and a strong passion for renewable energy. They wanted not only to build a company, but also to create a movement that inspires people to switch to green energy and have a positive impact on the environment. At Soly, we have been working hard every day since then to meet the challenges of the energy transition head on.

We have invested in research and development to improve and optimize solar solutions. The result is that we can offer affordable and reliable solar energy systems to households and businesses, enabling as many people as possible to benefit from clean energy while reducing their carbon footprint.

Benefits of solar energy
The benefits of solar energy are numerous and compelling. Unlike fossil fuels, solar energy is clean, inexhaustible and completely decentralized. By getting our energy from sunlight, we are no longer dependent on fossil fuels, emit less to no greenhouse gases – this only happens during production and transport of solar panels – and contribute to the sustainable world of tomorrow. For example, we are constantly scrutinizing our supply chain to see at which stage of the process we can reduce our CO2 emissions even further.
In addition, solar energy offers independence and makes us increasingly self-sufficient.

Soly over the past 10 years:

  • Founding
  • Own office in Groningen
  • Cooperation with Collective Purchase of Solar Panels
  • Expansion into South Africa (enie South Africa)
  • Expansion into Belgium
  • Strategic partnership with shareholders Shell & ABP
  • Expansion into Germany
  • Collaboration with Centraal Beheer (NL) and Mega Energy (BE)
  • International branding: we are switching to our international Soly brand name everywhere. This ensures a strong identity and recognizability.

10-year anniversary marks a great milestone
Soly’s anniversary marks an important milestone in the progress toward a more sustainable future. It is a testament to what can be achieved with determination, passion and a clear vision. It is also a time to reflect on the successes of the past decade and to look ahead to what the future holds. We remain committed to innovation and improving solar technologies. And we are determined to reach and inspire even more people to switch to green energy. We will do this with new propositions that will ensure that the energy transition can move to the next stage.

As we celebrate our anniversary, we are inspired by stories around us. Together, we can work toward a future where solar energy is available to all and where we protect our planet for generations to come.