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Christmas Q&A with Greenbuddies

Christmas Q&A with Greenbuddies

Greenbuddies Team
Q & A

31.12.2023

In today's Q&A, we interviewed key executives at Greenbuddies. How does Chief Finance Buddy Ondřej Vodsloň evaluate the past year, what are the company's biggest achievements according to Chief Sales Buddy Aleš Spáčil, what values would Chief Charging Buddy Aleš Damm like to develop, what inspired Chief Consulting Buddy Petr Štajner, and what is the Christmas message of our new colleague in the position of Chief Consulting Buddy Ondřej Štěpánek?

Ondřej Vodsloň

  • What do you think were the three main successes of our company this year?

We have certainly achieved a great deal more within the company. Among the projects, I would definitely highlight those for the Austrian company Verbund, which we are currently building and progressively completing, including both rooftops and carports at several locations. I am also thrilled about our functional and efficient engineering department, where we have substantial expertise and fantastic people. Thirdly, I'd like to mention the significant year-over-year improvement in the quality of our project delivery.

  • Which value of our company would you like to develop the most next year and why?

For me personally and for the company as a whole, the most important thing is a satisfied customer and delivering the best possible value of services to them. This definitely involves improving communication about changes and also the speed of implementation, which we can certainly further enhance next year.

  • What inspired you the most this year?

I am inspired and continue to be inspired by everyone who is in this with us and helps us push forward every day. Thanks for that! 

  • What is your vision for the development of trends in photovoltaics / EV for the next year?

The prices of omponents will undoubtedly continue to be lower, making solar energy practically the cheapest source of energy. On the other hand, labor will continue to become more expensive. And the growing trend of industrial photovoltaic construction will continue throughout Europe.

  • Do you have any special Christmas message you would like to share?

I do have one, but I can't say it publicly. And surely, we all feel the pressure at the end of the year. So hang in there! 😊

Aleš Spáčil

  • What were, in your opinion, the three main successes of our company this year?

There were numerous significant achievements, and it's hard to pick just three. However, if I must, the first great success is our substantial footprint in the Czech EPC market. I'm also delighted with our sister company, Greenbuddies Charging s.r.o., which soared forward in 2023 despite previous challenges. Thirdly, I would mention the significant enhancement in quality leading to the acquisition and retention of new major customers in Scandinavia.

  • Which company value would you like to develop most next year and why?

I'd talk about three values that we must focus on: transparency, which allows us to speak the truth, setting real value mechanisms, and not wasting time and energy on excuses and workarounds. Next, diversification – from the beginning, we've been set up to diversify the countries in which we build, our customer base, and our suppliers. This value needs nurturing as it reduces dependency. Lastly, mutual loyalty – both among customers and Greenbuddies, and between employees and us (management) – which requires listening and trying to understand each other.

  • What inspired you the most this year?

The most inspiring for me was a series of colleagues who embraced our motto "We are Unstoppables" and carried out exceptionally challenging tasks. Thanks for that!

  • What is your vision for the development of trends in photovoltaics/EV for next year?

Despite naysayers claiming photovoltaics are reaching their limits, realists see that it has become a strong part of energy mixes in many countries and will continue to grow. Obviously, this will require adapting both network capacity and energy storage. Like a hundred and twenty years ago, when the first cars appeared, it was also the state's task to ensure roads for them to drive on. The importance of this fact will grow as large field power plants increase. Next year in our country, typical sizes will be in the tens of MW, and in more developed countries, they will reach hundreds of MW.

  • Do you have any special Christmas message you would like to share?

Yes, I do have a very special message, especially important today in the era of so-called work-life balance: "Enjoy your work as much as we do."

Aleš Damm

  • What were, in your opinion, the three main successes of our company this year?

The entire Greenbuddies group has significantly strengthened. We found new talents and now have about 100 highly motivated colleagues who enjoy seeing concrete results. That's some power! In short, we are "Unstoppables"! Also, this year, the significance of the domestic market in the Czech Republic greatly increased, which we enhanced by offering services with higher added value and taking on the role of general contractor. We truly play in a higher league now. And thirdly, we successfully developed strategic partnerships with strong players in development both at home and abroad. In Austria, we were the general contractor for a significant local state company, building rooftop power plants and the country's largest solar carport. There is interest in us among significant players in our segment in Europe and at home. That's valued.

  • Which company value would you like to develop most next year and why?

Individual responsibility for results and teamwork. These are values that have been highly important to me throughout my professional career. Even now, at GreenBuddies, I see that the people around me who share and develop these values are the biggest stars and leaders of our team.

  • What inspired you the most this year?

Definitely meeting all colleagues from across the group, across departments, countries, professions. Although I am not the original founder of our empire, I was there when we could be counted on the fingers of one hand, and I witnessed how the initial business concept of the founding fathers gradually expanded. Seeing almost the entire current team together, working with very intelligent and passionate people, and seeing the rocket growth we've undergone, gives me a tremendous sense of satisfaction. We can be justifiably proud of everything we've achieved so far. It also gives me confidence in what we want to achieve in the future. It definitely won't be easy, but this team has what it takes to achieve the maximum possible even in harder times.

  • What is your vision for the development of trends in photovoltaics/EV for next year?

Photovoltaics are far from having their last word. I firmly believe that we will continue to witness rapid technological development with concurrent unit cost reductions. I bet on further rapid development of energy storage technologies, accompanying the expansion of sensible energy production from solar power. As for electromobility, I think that with the current reasonable development of the charging infrastructure, it will find its adequate place in the comprehensive transportation mix – use for shorter distances, in areas with high emission loads, etc. The development of charging networks is key to further development. Certainly, the development of other low-emission alternative technologies is also necessary. I wish that further development takes place in line with real economic and environmental aspects, without the influence of other transient factors that usually do not contribute positively in the long run.

  • Do you have any special Christmas message you would like to share?

No, I don't have any special message. Just the traditional Christmas one. I would like to wish all our customers, partners, employees, and colleagues blessed Christmas holidays, spent in peace in the company of loved ones. Let's forget about the next megawatts and economic results for a few days. Let's elevate our minds to a higher spiritual dimension in the spirit of the upcoming holidays and rest from the daily hustle and bustle. I wish you all a beautiful Christmas and in the new year robust health, happiness, and an open mind. I look forward to seeing you in the new year 2024!

Petr Štajner

  • What were, in your opinion, the three main successes of our company this year?

We managed to steer the continued growth of orders (and thus also revenues) and the growth of the organization itself while increasing the overall profitability of the group. This is not a trivial task, and we succeeded.

  • Which company value would you like to develop most next year and why?

Focus on quality services and customer satisfaction. It sounds like a cliché and obvious, but it's easy to forget in the daily rush.

  • What inspired you the most this year?

In September, in winds over 7 bft at Neusiedler See in Austria, I saw an old man, certainly over 70, windsurfing very competently. That gave me optimism that I perhaps still have many seasons ahead of me.

  • What is your vision for the development of trends in photovoltaics/EV for next year?

I believe that in the Czech Republic, after rooftop power plants, the market for large ground power plants will also start to move, and maybe something will start happening with battery storage. That's what I wish for and look forward to.

  • Do you have any special Christmas message you would like to share?

Turn off your TVs and mobile phones and go outside for some fresh air. 😊

Ondřej Štěpánek

  • What were, in your opinion, the three main successes of our company this year?

Definitely, the strong financial results across the entire Greenbuddies group and in Consulting stand out. This confirms our customers' trust in our services. Furthermore, I consider the expansion of expertise in Consulting services in the field of ground power plants and carports a major success. Lastly, despite the rapid growth of the entire group, we have managed to maintain a motivated team working in unison and dedicated to our customers.

  • Which company value would you like to develop most next year and why?

I would like to further strengthen the quality of delivery for our customers in Consulting services through continued growth in team expertise and ongoing development of our services.

  • What inspired you the most this year?

The open, flexible, and customer-focused environment of the entire GB group.

  • What is your vision for the development of trends in photovoltaics/EV for next year?

We will start working more on ground power plant projects within the Czech Republic than in previous years. And, considering the available network capacity, we will also begin to address battery storage solutions more frequently.

  • Do you have any special Christmas message you would like to share?

I don't have anything specific, just wishing everyone a beautiful holiday season and a successful start to the new year.

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