Groendus and its Energy Marketplace offers Hedin Automotive (formerly Stern) a helping hand with this innovative approach to sustainable energy consumption. Both parties have been working together on this sustainability issue for the last 16 years and all the pieces of the puzzle are finally falling into place.
How it all began: insights and savings
Sixteen years ago, sustainability was not the hot topic it is today. As such, that was not the pressing reason for Stern to come knocking at CT Energy’s door (Groendus’s predecessor). Stern’s request was “Can you help us sort out our bewildering energy usage, additional costs and invoices? The answer, of course, was a resounding “Yes!”.
We began by installing smart meters and gaining precise, real-time insights. We achieved the first significant savings thanks to accurate invoicing and a cutting-edge Waste Alert. The first sustainable steps followed soon after on what turned out to be a comprehensive and far-reaching sustainability journey.
Know where your energy comes from
Once Hedin Automotive took its energy in hand, there was an increasing focus on sustainability. Consequently, they wanted to know where their energy came from. Generating their own energy with solar panels turned out to be the perfect solution for this car business. To make the most of this energy, Hedin Automotive deployed the Groendus Energy Marketplace. This platform enables them to distribute their own self-generated solar power across their network of branches, making Hedin Automotive its own green energy supplier.
Bastiaan Geurts – Chief Marketing Officer at Hedin Automotive:
“We are strong advocates of using energy at the specific time it is generated. Generating and consuming our energy simultaneously was a strong first step. But there was one key issue - as soon as the sun didn’t shine, we lost access to our local, sustainable energy. We wanted to do something about this. Groendus has come up with an innovative and commercially viable solution to this with Groendus Energy Marketplace. It’s helping us increasingly move towards entirely green and simultaneous energy consumption.”