SMA Solar UK, a subsidiary of SMA Solar Technology AG, the global market leader for solar inverters, was awarded with a special merit at the National Home Improvement Council (NHIC) awards 2014, in recognition of SMA’s educational program for children on renewable energy technology.
The NHIC Annual Awards have been recognising achievement in the UK housing sector since 1974. During this years’ awards ceremony, held on the 13th of November at the Gladstone Library in London, SMA Solar UK was presented with a special merit for Smork in Suntown, an SMA Solar UK educational publication, supported by the BPVA and Powering Knowledge Campaign.
Smork in Suntown represents a fresh approach to delivering facts about solar technology to children, and can be used as an educational tool by schools to capture their interest in topics including climate change and sustainability. Available free of charge to SMA UK distributors, solar photovoltaic installers and schools, the book brings alive SMA’s very own character, Smork, to engage children aged 5-10 years old and effectively communicate the importance of using renewable energy sources such as solar energy and the impact that it will have on the environment.
Commenting on SMA’s recognition, Paul Boylin, Marketing Manager, SMA Solar UK, noted: “ At SMA we are proud to play a role in empowering children to embrace solar power and to become active advocates of renewable energy beyond the classroom.”
Ian Halton, NAPIT Training and Business Relationship Director, also commented “Having been involved in selecting SMA for this merit presentation, I was thoroughly impressed by the innovation, ambition and noble aims of their work over the past year. Coordinating with the BPVA and the Department of Energy and Climate Change, they produced and distributed educational material, which explained the importance and benefits of solar PV to children in simple terms, to 22,000 schools across the UK. Ensuring the next generation are switched on about the role renewable technologies can play in our energy mix is a key factor the UK’s drive to reduce its carbon emissions and build a more robust green economy. SMA has put a great amount of time and effort into a project designed to work towards these goals. It is a project that the solar industry could truly benefit from and for which they are truly deserving of this recognition.”
The SMA Group generated sales of €932.5 million in 2013 and is the global market leader for solar inverters, a key component of all PV plants. SMA offers innovative key technologies for future power supply structures. It is headquartered in Niestetal, near Kassel, Germany, and is represented in 21 countries. The Group employs more than 5,000 people worldwide. SMA’s broad product portfolio includes a compatible inverter for every type of module on the market and for all plant sizes. The product range includes both inverters for grid-connected photovoltaic plants as well as off-grid and hybrid system technology. The product portfolio is supplemented by comprehensive services and operational management of utility-scale pv-plants. Since 2008, the Group’s parent company, SMA Solar Technology AG, has been listed on the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (S92) and also in the TecDAX index.
About NHIC Annual Awards
Since 1974 the NHIC Annual Awards have recognised achievement in the UK housing arena and have grown over the years to become the premier event in their sector. In recent years the awards scheme has attracted entries from across the spectrum of housing modernisation projects as well as associated activities such as energy efficiency, renewable technologies, safety and design.
NAPIT was formed in 1992 as the National Association for Professional Inspectors and Testers, with the aim of setting standards for industry. Since then NAPIT’s role has evolved and expanded to be one of the fastest growing Government Approved register holders for Part P Registered Domestic Electrical Installers (both full and defined scope) while continuing to serve the needs of those carrying out equipment testing and electrical installation and testing in commercial and industrial sectors.
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