Big news today: we announced our international expansion. And what better country to expand into than one known for gouda cheese, chocolate sprinkles on bread (hagelslag), tulips, windmills, and wooden shoes? That’s right Holland, I’m talking about you.
Welcome to the Sungevity family, Zonline!
Good looking bunch, eh?
Zonline, which roughly translates to “sunshine online,” is a Dutch solar start-up. With this partnership Sungevity becomes the first US residential solar company to go overseas. I think that’s worth a collectively shouted, “SHINE ON!, don’t you?
If you’ve spent any time in the Netherlands you might be curious about why we chose that particular market; Holland certainly isn’t the sunniest place in Europe. What Holland does have, however, is the continent’s second-highest electricity rates. Ack! Additionally, Holland puts our model to test in a country without any solar subsidies. Did I mention that people from the Netherlands love orange? That wasn’t necessarily a driving factor behind the partnership, but it sure didn’t hurt 🙂
So how did we get to this point? It’s been a long journey, but here is the story of how it all began: penguin suits, oil giants, and all.
No matter how big a tree you become, you should never forget your roots, be they American, Australian, Scottish, or Dutch. . .