In the ‘Family-run businesses in solar energy’ series, Solar Magazine visited Hans van der Valk. His company, Van der Valk Systemen, grew to be a major player in greenhouse construction, and now also has an established reputation in solar energy.
Van der Valk Solar Systems was founded in 2009. Since then, the company has grown into the market leader in the Netherlands for mounting systems for PV systems. This success story is not comparable to that of the many other solar energy companies established when the PV market began and took off with explosive growth. Its foundation lies in the distant past, in an entirely different sector in which Van der Valk gained international fame: greenhouse construction.