South Australia is fueling energy storage investment

Man assembling Sonnen batteries
Magnify / An worker operating for the producer of photo voltaic batteries, Sonnen GmbH, within the Bavarian village of Wildpoldsried in southern Germany is pictured on July five, 2016.

In September, South Australia showed a plan to arrange an AU$100 million (USD $72 million) fund to lend a hand families acquire house power garage batteries. Families may obtain subsidies of as much as AU$6,000 (USD $four,300) on a purchase order of a battery that will retailer electrical energy both from a solar-panel machine or from the South Australian grid. The electrical energy may then be used all over an emergency or a blackout.

After a yr as the house of the sector’s greatest grid-tied battery (constructed via Tesla), South Australia is turning into a hub for battery funding.

Different, non-Tesla battery makers are taking observe. This week, German battery maker Sonnen began generating batteries at an previous GM Holden manufacturing unit in Elizabeth, South Australia. Sonnen has lengthy enjoy in the house power garage marketplace, deploying batteries for German families sooner than Tesla introduced its Powerwall. Now, it intends to make use of its Elizabeth manufacturing unit to provide batteries no longer just for South Australians who hope to make the most of the federal government’s new subsidies but additionally to send house garage batteries to different puts within the Asia marketplace, in step with PV Mag.

On Twitter, South Australia Premier Steven Marshall wrote, “Nowadays marks the beginning of a thrilling new technology for the previous GM Holden manufacturing unit at Elizabeth. Power garage large @sonnenAustralia will collect and manufacture 50,000 house batteries on the website, growing greater than 400 #SAjobs on this rising sector.”

Later, Marshall tweeted, “We are serving to families get right of entry to inexpensive energy via subsidizing house batteries similar to this one.”

The premier has driven for his AU$100 million battery subsidy since taking administrative center in early 2018, apparently to the exclusion of a “digital energy plant” concept that have been pitched via Tesla and permitted via the former premier of the state. Marshall’s plan objectives to lend a hand 40,000 South Australia properties acquire a battery, which needn’t be from anyone battery maker.

Accordingly, Sonnen is not the one battery maker able to name South Australia house. In step with PV Mag, “China-headquartered battery producer Alpha-ESS introduced plans to arrange a producing facility in Adelaide” simply this month. That facility is predicted to churn out eight,000 batteries a yr and create as much as 120 jobs.

Moreover, “Canadian battery producer Eguana Applied sciences introduced it could make investments $12 million in South Australia’s booming battery sector and manufacture its Evolve house power garage machine in Adelaide,” PV Mag wrote. That is anticipated to create as much as 200 new jobs over 3 years.

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