Hundreds of thousands of summer cottages by the lakes and the sea were beyond the reach of electricity grids. The need for some sort of solution to meet the need for electricity was obvious. At the same time, the company's big battery manufacturing business faded the seasonality of the market. The increased demand of battery capacity in summer time because of photovoltaic systems would be a welcome balance effect. At a political level, after the oil crisis the debate surrounding new forms of energy production remained active. Sufficient grounds existed for government-owned company Neste decided to start the research & development project called NAPS (Neste Advanced Power Systems) at 1986 aiming for launching a photovoltaic business.
Although the foundations for starting a business were found in the homeland, it was clear from the beginning that that operations should be international and fast. The solar power market was still very thin and achieving a significant volume would require a broad global presence. Courageously, and undoubtedly with the help of the mother's deep pockets, NAPS began to conquer the world. The most significant transfer was the acquisition of a solar photovoltaic unit set up by Ericsson in Sweden already in 1981. This acquisition brought access to a number of countries at a time to electrify various telecommunications network equipment, usually in remote locations. At the same time, this acquisition moved the beginning of the business for five years back to 1981.
At that time, the term 'born global' was not yet used to describe the new business internationality right from the start. But it was the kind of business NAPS did to the greatest extent. The business expanded rapidly, both in business operations and in new units, from Finland to Sweden, Norway, Denmark, France, England, Singapore, Australia, China, Kenya, Bahrain, etc. Later, Germany and Estonia also joined. The markets grew and developed in different countries and continents at a very different pace. There were fewer players at the beginning, but demand had to be created largely by themselves. Since then, demand was driven by political decisions. For varying reasons, units were then launched and closed according to where the business was open to any attractive opportunities. In 2001, the company became independent and its name was derived from the original abbreviation to Naps.
For the first twenty years, the business was was purely based on problem-solving. Customers did not buy energy, but solutions to their needs to get different electrical appliances to work under conditions where no electricity was available. Solutions designed for that demanding time frame were often very challenging and required suppliers to have extensive and in-depth technical know-how and knowledge of the conditions. There was no such spectacle as today with photovoltaic systems. Designing, implementing and delivering these hundreds of thousands of solutions to customers around the world have created Naps with its outstanding experience and technical expertise for which the business is still based today.
At the turn of the millennium, a major breakthrough started in the industry, which was to change permanently the entire global power generation market. The technical and production technology developments of solar power had reached a point that enabled the transition from the solution market to the power generation market, namely the production and sale of energy. Began to increase the volume of volumes and decrease production costs, as a result of which solar photovoltaic power has become the fastest growing power generation. The small has become big and the prospect of continued growth and the improvement of cost competitiveness for decades ahead. From this growth the corporation which has changed its name to Naps Solar, has received and will gain its share.
Despite the fact that Naps has been manufacturing solar panels in five countries and manufacturing continues, the foundation of the business have always been the solutions. It has been desirable to understand the customer's needs and wishes so that solutions can always be made as optimally as possible. Nothing important for a high-quality and reliable system has been left out, but also nothing unnecessary has been included in the customer deliveries. With these principles Naps has become one of the industry's oldest companies in the world.
This would hardly have been possible unless our customers were to appreciate the same important things we have seen. These principles will certainly appear in our history as well in the coming decades.