SMA believes that Africa has substantial potential for the use of photovoltaics and consequently considers the region to be of strategic importance. We strive to keep our position as our customer’s first choice when it comes to reliable PV inverters, offering sophisticated solutions for utility-scale, commercial, residential, off-grid and fuel save applications. SMA’s superior technology has already been implemented in several flagship projects throughout Africa. An excerpt of these can be found in the section ”References” on our website.
Showing a strong commitment to the Southern African solar markets SMA opened its sales and service subsidiary in Centurion, South Africa, in 2012. Supporting the local economic development efforts in the country SMA Solar Technology South Africa strives to generate jobs, train and educate staff as well as customers.
Customers can also rely on SMA’s comprehensive Service offering in South Africa because uptime in a PV plant is crucial. A team of experienced SMA Service professionals is ready to assist when needed most.
Our Service hotline offers free telephonic support while the strategically placed service hubs in Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Centurion and Kimberley offer fast response times throughout South Africa. The Field Service Team commissions and pre-commissions PV plants utilizing SMA central inverter solutions and exchanges string inverters if required to keep the solar system running. SMA strives for Service Excellence and therefore can tailor make service contracts to meet individual requirements.
In order to offer unparalleled local content on some of its utility scale portfolio SMA committed to strengthening its presence in South Africa and in mid-2014 SMA’s local inverter manufacturing factory started production as planned. The facility, located in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town, can be adapted quickly to changes in demand and includes warehouse facilities as well as a test centre for central inverters. All employees of the factory have been to the German headquarter for an extensive assembly and testing training to ensure the trusted SMA quality of products leaving the South African factory and being bound for the Sub-Saharan market. The facility in Cape Town also houses the SMA Solar Academy for theoretical and practical training on photovoltaics in general and SMA solutions specifically.
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.
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