The SMA Solar Technology AG is the manufacturer of solar inverters with the largest turnover worldwide. SMA Solar Technology AG has the systems technology know-how to ensure the cost-effective use of solar technology on a commercially viable scale. The company can supply state-of-the-art solar inverters for both grid-connected and stand-alone solar installations – regardless of the type of solar module or the plant capacity.
SMA Solar Technology AG – Energy That Changes
As a leading global specialist for photovoltaic system technology, SMA is setting the standards today for the decentralized and renewable energy supply of tomorrow. More than 3,000 SMA employees in 20 countries have devoted themselves to this task. Our innovative solutions for all photovoltaic applications and our unsurpassed service offer our customers worldwide greater independence in meeting their energy needs.
Intelligent System Technology For Greater Independence
People living in industrialized countries are using intelligent SMA technology to transform their houses into smart homes. By integrating storage systems, the electricity generated from rooftop systems can be used in the evening as well. Industrial and commercial companies are installing PV systems, together with our highly efficient inverters, on their buildings to reduce operating costs by producing cost-efficient solar power.
In newly industrialized countries with high levels of solar irradiation, large PV power plants equipped with SMA system technology are providing more and more people with rapid access to a sustainable and inexpensive electricity supply – and thereby to greater prosperity and economic development. Industrial consumers who struggle with regular power outages or who have no access to the utility grid at all are no longer dependent on expensive diesel fuel for a reliable and uninterrupted electricity supply. With the SMA Fuel Save Solution, they can turn their diesel generators into photovoltaic diesel hybrid systems, thus saving money and reducing CO2 emissions.
Comprehensive Service For Affordable Operation
Even after the PV systems are commissioned, our customers worldwide can rely on SMA and our comprehensive range of services, which ensure that their photovoltaic systems are operating cost efficiently at all times.
For over 30 years, SMA has helped hundreds of thousands of people and companies produce and consume energy independently according to their individual needs. In collaboration with our customers and partners, we are helping the people around the world transition to a self-sufficient and decentralized energy supply.
SMA Solar Technology AG is a global leader in the development, production and sales of PV inverters and, as an energy management group, offers innovative key technologies for future power supply structures. SMA is represented in all important photovoltaics markets in 21 countries. The company has a staff of over 5 000 and reached a sales volume of €1.5 billion in 2012.
Inverters are the heart of every PV plant
Technologically, the inverter is the most important component of a PV plant. It converts the direct current generated in the photovoltaic cells into alternating current compliant with the grid requirements – for self-consumption or feed-in to the power distribution grid. As an intelligent system manager, it also monitors both the PV array and the power distribution grid. SMA inverters already perform important grid management functions, which are becoming increasingly important as electricity production from renewable sources grows. SMA has been developing leading technological solutions and pioneering trends in this area for years and is driving future-oriented topics. For instance, these include intelligent energy management at a household level, grid integration of solar power and connecting storage facilities for more effective use of renewable energy.
For all Performance Classes and Plant Sizes
SMA has an extensive range of products, which offers the right inverters for all module types and plant sizes; for small residential systems as well as large scale plants, grid-connected installations as well as stand-alone and backup systems all over the world. Plant monitoring and visualization products as well as energy management solutions complete the portfolio. In addition to this, SMA customers worldwide benefit from comprehensive services: from support in installation and commissioning of PV plants to quick and uncomplicated device replacement service in Germany and worldwide, and the free SMA Service Line for technical questions. The company also provides training for plant planners, installers, electrically qualified persons and anybody interested in solar power in seminars as part of the SMA Solar Academy.
SMA has received numerous awards for its product solutions and exceptional corporate culture. In 2011 and 2012, the company achieved first place in the German “Great Place to Work®” competition in the category for companies with over 5 000 employees.
Assuming social and ecological responsibility is the foundation of our business model. It has been an important part of our corporate culture since the beginning of SMA. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is understood by SMA to mean the combination of long-term economic success with protecting the environment and social responsibility.
The central tenets of the CSR strategy pursued by SMA are: the protection of the environment and climate, active participation in social and cultural projects, and our employees. This concept is continuously being developed and adapted to meet new challenges as they arise.
We develop and market products that help protect the climate. But our contribution to protecting both environment and climate begins already within the four walls of the company.
As a successful company, we conduct our business right in the middle of society. We are aware of our responsibility in this respect, and therefore actively contribute to a whole variety of projects.
SMA believes that motivated employees are a key factor for entrepreneurial success. Therefore, it is very important to us to be perceived as an attractive employer.
Values and Principles
We base our actions on clearly defined values and standards. They determine the way in which we work to achieve our goals.
Compliance, the observance of legal requirements and internal guidelines, has gained increasing importance at SMA over the last few years. Rapid growth and increasing internationalization have made SMA's business operations much more complex. We are active in more and more countries and therefore have to observe more and more different laws.
Compliance issues are receiving increasing public attention. A company's reputation and economic success can suffer significant damage from violations of laws. In this case investors and business partners ask us: 'What are you doing about Compliance?' Therefore, nowadays a risk-oriented, preventive compliance strategy is more important than ever.
At SMA, Corporate Compliance coordinates our worldwide Compliance activities and assists executives, employees and our business partners whenever they have questions regarding this matter.
Compliance violations can be the result of insufficient awareness or understanding, carelessness or even criminal conduct. Group Compliance has the goal of systematically reducing the risk of Non-Compliance through the following measures:
- Clear guidelines and training to facilitate correct and responsible behavior
- Raising awareness among employees that allows them to timely detect and properly assess Compliance risks
- The Compliance Helpline, which is available for every SMA employee to receive immediate support
Global and systematic Compliance protects every individual SMA employee as well as the Managing and Supervisory Boards.
It is often difficult for employees to fully understand the legal requirements governing business conduct. Therefore, the Managing Board decided to elaborate on the values outlined in the SMA Mission Statement by establishing Business Principles.
Through these Business Principles, every employee is provided with clear guidance and the fundamental framework concerning proper business conduct. The Business Principles are also the backbone of the SMA Compliance Program.
The Business Principles were drafted by a working group consisting of members of the Works Council along with other SMA employees and managers. Ten Principles tackling the most crucial Compliance risks were defined. They are applicable to every SMA employee around the world.