Solar installers set for productivity boost with Solar Monkey UK launch

Looking to accelerate the energy transition by boosting the productivity of solar installers, Solar Monkey is launching its award-winning software in the UK.

Solar Monkey raised €4M in growth capital in August 2022 to fund its continuing growth and mounting impact.

The fast-growing firm has appointed a UK sales manager, is recruiting more staff to underpin its international growth plan and is stepping up UK marketing of its digital design and quotation tools – aimed at increasing the efficiency of PV installers.

Ready for exponential growth

The independent, Netherlands-based business exhibited for the first time at Solar & Storage Live at the NEC last October, generating a big trade and consumer response. Jan Pieter Versluijs, CEO and co-founder, said: “The market is ready for exponential growth – we’re helping installers make the most of it.”

Joining Solar Monkey as UK sales manager, Jasin Mahamud brings extensive experience in software and technical sales “I am looking forward to helping installer clients across the UK, as I see huge market potential.”

Significant numbers of homes and businesses are turning to rooftop electricity generation to reduce both fuel bills and emissions, and the unprecedented demand is leaving many installers struggling with backlogs.

Designing and quoting for a project can be a huge drain on time, with five quotes needed and an engineer doing much of the work. With Solar Monkey, the process takes minutes and can be done by anyone, potentially delivering big productivity gains.

Reducing process time – increasing output

Based on advanced algorithms, aerial photos and 3D models, the innovative Solar Monkey software is fast and easy to use and integrate, even for those lacking technical knowledge.

Solar Monkey is an independent service provider so its software is compatible with all major brands of panel, inverter and battery. It has already facilitated 1 million project designs and quotations and is used in more than 250,000 PV systems in the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain and Germany.

Huge growth

Jan Pieter Versluijs and co-founder and chief technical officer Tino de Bruijn believe the opportunity is proportionally higher in the UK where, in the first six months of 2022, the number of new solar PV installations increased by 80% on the same period the previous year, with 556MW of capacity installed.

“We’ve seen tremendous growth in solar in the UK and we believe this trend will accelerate,” Jan shares. “People are increasingly aware of the need to reduce CO2 emissions in response to climate change. Now, energy price rises driven by Russia’s actions are hitting hard. The transition is well under way and increased efficiency plays a big part.”