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Fig. 1. SENS and the Czech-Dutch company Greenbuddies Energy BV will in future join forces on the PV market in the BeNeLux countries. Photo: STEAG

STEAG PV subsidiary enters into cooperation for BeNeLux market

STEAG Solar Energy Solutions GmbH (SENS), Würzburg/Germany, and the Czech-Dutch company Greenbuddies Energy BV, based in Eindhoven/Netherlands, will in future join forces on the photovoltaic (PV) market in the BeNeLux countries (Figure 1). The aim is to offer ground-mounted PV projects and associated services in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

From the Greenbuddies branch in Eindhoven headed by Jos Schlangen, utility scale projects are to be developed jointly in the future. Currently, the first PV parks are expected to be ready for construction by the beginning of 2023. In the medium term, the partners have set themselves the goal of realising a portfolio of 250 MWp by 2025. It is envisaged that SENS will plan, develop and build the projects as general contractor (EPC) and subsequently operate them as service provider (O&M).

SENS benefits from already having relevant experience in the three-country market: “For us, the Benelux countries are the logical extension of our existing activities in Europe. We still see enormous potential in this market, even though there are already existing players and projects there”, explains André Kremer, Managing Director of SENS. The PV service provider has already been active in the Dutch market for several years and has realised EPC projects there in the field of rooftop PV and ground-mounted PV. With the 12 MWp Leeuwarden solar park, the company won the Frisian Energy Prize in 2019.

In this respect, the cooperation with Greenbuddies – development, installation and construction company present on many Western markets of EU – fits perfectly into SENS’ growth strategy. The STEAG subsidiary with its own subsidiaries in Italy, Spain, Portugal, and the UK is pursuing ambitious goals in Europe and beyond. Clear evidence of the company’s expansion course is not least the doubling of the number of employees in the last three years. “Against this background, we are always on the lookout for committed partners with a similar mindset. I am very much looking forward to working with the Greenbuddies, who can identify with our “good energy” just as we can,” says Kremer.

Indeed, Greenbuddies and SENS are characterised by a very similar business philosophy. The chemistry between the partners was therefore right from the start. Aleš Spáčil, co-owner and sales manager of Greenbuddies, agrees: “Fortunately, we were immediately on the same wavelength with SENS and look forward to making our contribution to the energy transition in the BeNe-Lux countries together. Our mission is to make our planet greener and more sustainable. This connects our companies and gives us the drive to successfully realise as many projects as possible together.” (STEAG/Si.)