An interview with Sonnen CEO Christoph Ostermann, plus a look at why the states are taking the lead on battery storage, AGL’s withdrawal from residential solar, and much more.
A day after SA government announces scheme to subsidise home battery storage, Germany’s sonnen confirms plans to manufacture 10,000 batteries a year at old Holden site.
Sonnen says it is using combined capacity of 2,500 residential batteries it has installed in Australia to play in wholesale markets.
Sonnen closes $95m financing round led by Shell Ventures, which will help fund expansion in Australia, and closer ties on EV charging and virtual power plants.
The price of household battery storage is defying hopes and expectations of significant price falls, with two of the leading manufacturers – Tesla and Enphase – quietly lifting their prices in recent months.
Plans for sonnen manufacturing base in South Australia at stake as new state government urged to rethink support for household battery storage.
Sonnen selected to provide 270 residential batteries for Melbourne property development, to cut household power bills by 60% and possibly help power a community water recycling plant.
Further rises in Australia’s already ridiculously high grid prices, South Australian incentives, and the first battery storage manufacturing plant in the country suggest the battery storage market is about to take off.
Germany’s sonnen to build battery storage manufacturing plant in Adelaide, creating more than 400 jobs and planning 50,000 storage units.
Sonnen to announce first Australian micro-grid, or “SonnenCity”, where new housing developments come equipped with solar and storage. It says distributed energy key to slashing electricity prices.