Solarcentury has announced it is to continue its European expansion with the launch of a new team in the Netherlands to serve the Dutch and Belgium markets.
The new Solarcentury Netherlands operation follows the launch of similar offices in France and Italy and will provide fresh momentum to the UK-based firm's international expansion plans.
Speaking to BusinessGreen last month, the company's newly appointed chief executive Frans Van den Heuvel said he intended to oversee a period of international growth, revealing the company was also considering launching operations in the Balkans, Africa and the Pacific.
The company also revealed today that the new Dutch office, based in Eindhoven, will work in partnership with Van Den Heuvel's former company, smart grid specialist ProxEnergy.
The alliance will see Solarcentury provide solar technologies alongside ProxEnergy's ProxControl energy management and smart charge systems, which are currently being deployed as part of a number of smart grid trials in the Netherlands.
"With ProxEnergy and Solarcentury now a joint force, we are one step closer to offering a full range of energy services; from energy creation through to ‘smart grid' monitoring and storage," said van den Heuvel in a statement.
"It's hugely exciting to be able to do this as demand for intelligent energy services is increasing as we head to grid parity [between the cost of solar energy and energy from the grid]."
His comments were echoed by Paul de Jong, director of ProxEnergy, who argued there was a strong case for integrating smart grid and solar technologies.
"Smart grid offerings are starting to make sense, as solar electricity generation shifts from creating revenue streams to energy services, focused on awareness and savings," he said.
"There is great synergy between ProxEnergy and the recognised and innovative Solarcentury, first in the Netherlands with the new branch, and then beyond as we reach grid parity in most European countries."