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18 Jun 2018

SMA Solar Technology

SMA Solar Technology responds to concerns regards its involvement in Israeli solar fields

... As a signatory of the UN Global Compact, SMA Solar Technology AG is highly committed to adhering to the principles and rules of responsible corporate governance, including upholding human rights in all aspects of our business. Using cost-efficient and sustainable solar energy is a major factor for development in many countries in the sunbelt area of the world, including the Middle East. We have delivered our solutions to many of these countries, for example to power a UNHCR refugee camp in Jordan (https://www.sma-sunny.com/en/solar-park-supplies-power-to-refugee-camp-in-jordan/) and a plastic molding company in Lebanon (https://www.sma.de/produkte/referenzen/zouk-mosbeh-libanon.html). We have also supplied several projects in the core land of Israel. However, we were not aware of the Kalia Solar Field using our inverters in the Palestinian territories until this was brought to our attention by you as we did not deliver the inverters to the project. It is most likely that the devices have been delivered through an Israel-based wholesaler to the project without our knowledge... [W]e will enhance our efforts even further to ensure that our inverters are not used in sensitive cases like this...