German battery manufacturer to set up manufacturing in Australia
The manufacturing facility will generate hundreds of direct and indirect jobs in the short term, and will provide employment opportunities for many former Holden workers. Beyond its new factory, sonnen will also launch a sales and technical training facility in Adelaide dedicated to increasing skills in this new technology, the company states in a press release.
The South Australian Government have announced a AUD 100 million Home Battery Scheme to assist households in purchasing sonnen storage systems through a combination of direct subsidy and low-interest loans.
“We are excited at the prospect of manufacturing in South Australia for the Australian and export markets and to participating in making Australia the number one market globally for energy storage systems,” says sonnen founder and CEO Christoph Ostermann in the press release.
As a world leader in smart residential solar storage solutions, sonnen is excited to be establishing a battery manufacturing facility at the former Holden site in Elizabeth to produce batteries by November 2018 creating hundreds of jobs #sonnen #SouthAustralianHomeBatteryScheme pic.twitter.com/yuuDZs0Nt3— sonnen Australia (@sonnenAustralia) September 9, 2018
sonnen will create a “virtual power plant” in South Australia to support the state and national grid infrastructure. The company already runs a ‘virtual power plant’ in Germany, connecting thousands of households with PV (photovoltaic) storage systems. sonnen’s intention is to have a network of batteries of sufficient scale to enable it to sell the equivalent of a gas-fired peaking power station into the national grid.
Premier Steven Marshall has announced the former Holden site will be a hive of activity within weeks as German solar battery giant Sonnen moves in - creating 400 new jobs and 50,000 batteries. Report in 7 News at 6pm. #saparli #7News pic.twitter.com/e84Ou3fQki— 7 News Adelaide (@7NewsAdelaide) September 9, 2018