CHRYSANTHEMUM CULTIVATION WITHOUT FOSSIL FUELS

Pon Power helps innovative young grower with high-quality solar panels

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He explains: “Our Account Manager at Pon Power had assured me that everything would be a nice black. But when I saw Cat Solar panels at another company with aluminium clips, I felt an improvement could be made. So I told Pon Power ‘if you promise black, it must be black’. They were a good sport about it and sorted it out. Now, that lovely streamlined black hall has a really streamlined black roof. You need to see it. It’s not only very efficient, it looks amazing as well!”

KOEN KRELING

director-owner Diamond Flowers

These panels are another step towards cultivating without fossil fuels.” 

1661 CAT SOLAR PANELS

Thanks to a competitive quote by Pon Power, the deal was soon agreed and in September, 1661 Cat Solar panels were installed on the roof of Kreling’s pitch-black processing hall. But because appearances also count, the critical entrepreneur was not satisfied with the usual silver-coloured aluminium clips used to fix the panels.

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FIGURES

RELIABLE PARTNER

Kreling therefore needed to find high-quality solar panels. There are plenty of suppliers, but how do you distinguish between the cowboys and the professionals? Kreling soon recognised the added value of a reliable partner. “You often see small parties being bought up by the big guys. As a customer, you then have to hope that things will work out for you too. For that reason, I chose the certainty of Pon Power”, he says.

KOEN KRELING

director-owner of Diamond Flowers

I wanted the certainty of a stable, trusted supplier. That is how I found Pon Power.

REDUCE ENERGY CONSUMPTION

For example, the company has fully automated sorting machines and cutting planters, but it is also working on reducing the use of pesticides. To tackle harmful insects, Diamond Flowers uses the insects’ natural enemies and is one of the few neonicotinoid-free growers in the Netherlands. When Kreling decided to further reduce his energy consumption by installing solar panels on the roof of the processing hall, he found Pon Power. He explains: “At the moment, the CO2 for my cultivation still comes from my CHP plant. However, we are about to get an external CO2 connection. By installing solar panels on the roof, I’ll be able to turn off my CHPs in the summer and generate all the power for our operations myself. Then, I won’t need to buy in any energy.”

HIGH AMBITIONS

As is often the case in the world of flower growers, Koen Kreling learnt the skills of the profession at a young age. Thirty years ago, his father started a 4000 m2 chrysanthemum nursery and over three decades, Kreling senior expanded the company to 36 hectares on six sites. In 2017, Kreling junior opened his own 12-hectare nursery in Zuilichem (municipality of Zaltbommel), 

making him the youngest self-employed flower grower in the Netherlands at the age of 22. And Kreling has high ambitions in many areas. “When we built this company, we did it right first time. We wanted to be as pioneering as possible. From a commercial perspective, of course, but also to minimise our impact on the environment”, he explains.

Koen Kreling is one of those entrepreneurs who is actively shaping the future of flower cultivation. When he built his spray chrysanthemum nursery Diamond Flowers at the age of 22, he incorporated the latest innovations, techniques and insights. With a roof covered with Cat Solar panels, he is taking the next step towards achieving an emission-free nursery.

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CHRYSANTHEMUM CULTIVATION WITHOUT FOSSIL FUELS

Pon Power helps innovative young grower with high-quality solar panels

Koen Kreling is one of those entrepreneurs who is actively shaping the future of flower cultivation. When he built his spray chrysanthemum nursery Diamond Flowers at the age of 22, he incorporated the latest innovations, techniques and insights. With a roof covered with Cat Solar panels, he is taking the next step towards achieving an emission-free nursery.

HIGH AMBITIONS

As is often the case in the world of flower growers, Koen Kreling learnt the skills of the profession at a young age. Thirty years ago, his father started a 4000 m2 chrysanthemum nursery and over three decades, Kreling senior expanded the company to 36 hectares on six sites. In 2017, Kreling junior opened his own 12-hectare nursery in Zuilichem (municipality of Zaltbommel), making him the youngest self-employed flower grower in the Netherlands at the age of 22. And Kreling has high ambitions in many areas. “When we built this company, we did it right first time. We wanted to be as pioneering as possible. From a commercial perspective, of course, but also to minimise our impact on the environment”, he explains.

REDUCE ENERGY CONSUMPTION

For example, the company has fully automated sorting machines and cutting planters, but it is also working on reducing the use of pesticides. To tackle harmful insects, Diamond Flowers uses the insects’ natural enemies and is one of the few neonicotinoid-free growers in the Netherlands. When Kreling decided to further reduce his energy consumption by installing solar panels on the roof of the processing hall, he found Pon Power. He explains: “At the moment, the CO2 for my cultivation still comes from my CHP plant. However, we are about to get an external CO2 connection. By installing solar panels on the roof, I’ll be able to turn off my CHPs in the summer and generate all the power for our operations myself. Then, I won’t need to buy in any energy.”

RELIABLE PARTNER

Kreling therefore needed to find high-quality solar panels. There are plenty of suppliers, but how do you distinguish between the cowboys and the professionals? Kreling soon recognised the added value of a reliable partner. “You often see small parties being bought up by the big guys. As a customer, you then have to hope that things will work out for you too. For that reason, I chose the certainty of Pon Power”, he says.

KOEN KRELING

I wanted the certainty of a stable, trusted supplier. That is how I found Pon Power.

director-owner of Diamond Flowers

1661 CAT SOLAR PANELS

Thanks to a competitive quote by Pon Power, the deal was soon agreed and in September, 1661 Cat Solar panels were installed on the roof of Kreling’s pitch-black processing hall. But because appearances also count, the critical entrepreneur was not satisfied with the usual silver-coloured aluminium clips used to fix the panels.

These panels are another step towards cultivating without fossil fuels.” 

director-owner Diamond Flowers

KOEN KRELING

HIGH-QUALITY SOLAR PANELS

1661 Cat Solar panels were installed on the roof of Kreling’s pitch-black processing hall.

FACTS & FIGURES

BUSINESS:
Diamond Flowers, Zuilichem

OWNER:
Koen Kreling

PRODUCT:
Troschrysanten

SOLAR PANELS:
1661 Cat Solar panels,
total surface 1200 m2

YIELD:
185 MWh


He explains: “Our Account Manager at Pon Power had assured me that everything would be a nice black. But when I saw Cat Solar panels at another company with aluminium clips, I felt an improvement could be made. So I told Pon Power ‘if you promise black, it must be black’. They were a good sport about it and sorted it out. Now, that lovely streamlined black hall has a really streamlined black roof. You need to see it. It’s not only very efficient, it looks amazing as well!”

NICE BLACK

Every project has different wishes and needs and thus needs a different approach. Our experts are here for you to give you advise and to deliver the best fitting proposal, no matter the size of the project.
pon-cat.com/en/products/catsolarpanels

CONTACT US

WOULD YOU LIKE
TO KNOW WHAT
WE CAN DO FOR
YOUR COMPANY?

SOLAR PANELS

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