Solar Monkey gave a huge boost to the Dutch solar PV market and is now about to conquer Europe from their new head office in The Hague. “In about five years we want to be world market leader in solar PV software,” says co-founder Jan Pieter Versluijs.
The company managed to shake up the Dutch market for design and installation software of solar PV systems, and soon outgrew its offices at Yes!Delft, the incubator for tech startups affiliated with Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). Founded in 2016 by two TU Delft graduates, Jan Pieter Versluijs and Mels van Hoolwerff, Solar Monkey scaled up quickly to a company with 29 full-time employees and is now located at The Hague Tech, a collective workspace housing a community of digital technology companies.
The idea behind Solar Monkey was born in 2015. Versluijs and his friend from university Van Hoolwerff were convinced that the installation of solar panels could be made much more efficient. Installers have to personally visit potential clients and inspect their roofs before they can make an offer. A time-consuming process, and offers do not always lead to business. Wouldn’t it be great if they could do this from behind their desk? The entrepreneurs collected data from all roofs in the Netherlands and then developed smart software with which solar PV installers can prepare a tailor-made offer for every building in a matter of minutes.