In the presence of the Federal Minister for the Environment, Norbert Röttgen, SMA Solar Technology AG (SMA) celebrated its 30th anniversary today.
At the same time, the company inaugurated the world’s largest service center for PV inverters. Beginning spring 2012, SMA will bundle its service activities in the 24,000 m² building, with the aim of further evolving the broad range of services offered to customers around the globe.
Since its founding in 1981, SMA has grown from a small German engineering firm for control systems into the world market and technology leader in PV inverters. During this time, SMA has repeatedly set trends in the field of photovoltaics and significantly contributed to the spread of renewable energy forms. “The company founders’ vision of a 100 % decentralized, renewable energy supply is what drives SMA forward to this day. Today, the global energy turnaround has become irreversible and is going to benefit the company long term”, states Pierre-Pascal Urbon, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of SMA. One of the most important topics in the energy supply sector is integration of the ever-increasing quantities of electricity from renewable sources into the power distribution grid. As smart plant and grid managers, solutions from SMA make an important contribution in solving these questions. “SMA is poised to help shape the worldwide energy supply change as a global energy management company”, Urbon continues.
Against this background, SMA is also cultivating its service expertise. Right now, the largest service center for PV inverters worldwide is being erected at the Sandershäuser Berg industrial area and was inaugurated today. The inauguration speech was held by the Federal Minister for the Environment, Norbert Röttgen. Beginning spring 2012, replacement devices from all over the world will be analyzed, tested and repaired in the new building which provides 24,000 m² of floor space. SMA has a global network of 85 service sites in 19 countries. At the ultra-modern Sandershäuser Berg site, the company will yet again optimize customer service work processes. This is aimed to ensure that, with the ever-increasing number of supplied inverters, an excellent service with short response times will be maintained in the future. In Germany, SMA devices are replaced within 24 hours, and in other countries within 48 hours. “The new service center at Sandershäuser Berg will provide a perfect infrastructure that will enable us to achieve further improvements with regard to speed, quality and costs”, emphasizes Executive Vice President of Service, Souleymane Niang.
The new Service Center has not only been designed with optimum functionality, but also with a focus put on sustainable and efficient energy usage. This concept includes a fully insulated shell with a wooden-frame construction and incorporates effective heat recovery and utilizes wasted heat from production. In addition, a photovoltaic plant with a power output of 1 Megawatt is being installed on the building’s roof.
The SMA Group generated sales of EUR 1.9 billion in 2010 and is the worldwide market leader for photovoltaic inverters, a key component of all solar power plants. It is headquartered in Niestetal, near Kassel, Germany, and is represented in 19 countires onfour continents. The Group employs a staff of over 6,500 (incl. temporary employees) worldwide. SMA’s product portfolio includes the most comprehensive range of inverters on the market, offering a compatible inverter for every module type and for all plant sizes. The product range covers both inverters for photovoltaic plants connected to the grid as well as inverters for off-grid systems. 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. In recent years, SMA has received numerous awards for its excellence as an employer and lately reached first place in the federal “Great Place to Work” competition.