It was 2007 when I first heard about brand new photovoltaic energy. It was super fascinating to produce electricity without almost no operational expenses. I had no idea about PV, so I started learning about technology, industry, and all necessary steps to connect PV into the grid.
Local Czech market started to boom from zero to GW in 2 years driven by a very generous FIT more than 0,40 EUR/kWh. The first idea was to invest and catch the right time. But I was about 18 years old, studying at 2 Universities and just starting a new eshop with trendy electronics. I didn’t have thousands of EUR to invest, so I also had financing challenges. After some period of time, I learned more about the PV business and with the support from my family I started the business. We actually failed in the original investment plan due to too expensive grid connection, but thanks to the research I understood business opportunities.
So I hired my first employee and we started B2C EPC in the Czech Republic and Slovakia and also a small wholesale business in CEE. We installed several smaller PV power plants. The biggest was 40 kWs and we also succeeded in our own investment of 40 kWp in Slovakia which we are still running. PV market size was 1GW p.a. In CZ for two consecutive years 2010, 2011 and then suddenly dropped to zero. Based on this fact I founded a new company Solarity with focus mainly on international distribution.
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