Solnet was ranked 59th on the Financial Times' 2019 "FT1000 Europe's Fastest Growing Companies" list. The following year, Fortune Business Insight named Solnet one of the world's leading Smart Solar players. The turnover growth, which has tripled in the last four years, represents the top class of both Finnish and European energy companies. But what does Solnet's international business look like today?
Germany and Poland
Germany is literally the hottest solar market in Europe, accounting for a good third of Europe's solar electricity production. There, Solnet is currently finalizing a huge 4 MWp system installation, with several other major projects underway. "Poland is also a very important growth market for us, and we are also making good progress in other countries of Eastern Central Europe, such as Croatia and Slovenia. Since our starting point is to keep project management firmly under our control, we are at the same time growing our international organization. Our team will soon be strengthened with, among other resources, an experienced American top talent," says Kangasmäki.
The Netherlands has long been the hub of international growth for Solnet.
"The Netherlands became our first station country outside of Finland five years ago," says Kangasmäki. "The choice was based on certain strategic advantages. The Netherlands has one of the fastest growing solar markets in Europe, and the country is logistically an excellent location for international operations. In addition, there are plenty of headquarters of global companies, which fits perfectly with our pan-European strategy. So it was a very natural decision to locate Solnet's office in Amsterdam."
"Over the years, we have accumulated a long list of installation sites in Holland. Hotel Okura Amsterdam is the most prominent of them and an excellent example of our ability to meet the needs of clients representing extreme prestige as well," says Kangasmäki with pride in his voice.
Hotel Okura Amsterdam offers five-star luxury with solar power
Since its establishment in 1971, Hotel Okura Amsterdam has been one of the city's leading luxury hotels. And certainly one of the most visible: the LED lights indicating the weather on the roof of the 23-story high hotel building located in the downtown area. have long been a landmark known to every Amsterdammer.
Hotel Okura Amsterdam was the first step of the prestigious Japanese hotel chain on its way to internationalization. The hotel, which has just turned 50 years old, attracts guests from all over the world, especially with its top-class restaurant offer: the hotel's four restaurants have garnered a total of three Michelin stars. Restaurant Yamazato was also the first traditional Japanese restaurant in Europe to earn a Michelin star.
The rooms of upscale hotels are now largely electrified. And when hotel operators aim for lower operating costs and a smaller carbon footprint, clean and affordable solar electricity is a natural choice. These reasons made Hotel Okura Amsterdam turn to Solnet Group to implement a solar energy system to be installed on the hotel's roof.