Solar storage batteries are expected to enjoy a projected growth of up to 300 per cent following the news a battery manufacturing plant will be built in South Australia and a residential battery power rebate will also kick off in that state.
German battery maker Sonnen will make South Australia the location for its new manufacturing plant which is expected to create hundreds of jobs and cement Australia as a country that is embracing the move to solar energy.
Sonnen is the world’s leading battery manufacturer with more than 35,000 installed worldwide.
This is sure to boost battery production and availability to customers instead of waiting for overseas imports.
The company has already set up shop here in Australia through exclusive distributor Natural Solar.
Customers can now join SonnenFlat – a flat rate electricity plan that has monthly plans priced at $30, $40 and $50 for their energy allocation after installing solar panels and a Sonnen battery.
With SonnenFlat, customers receive their power through their own panels and share and receive battery power from other Sonnen battery owners.
Chris Williams, CEO and founder of Natural Solar says customers are already driven by the attractive pricing model, independence from the grid and stability that a solar and battery solution can provide.
“This rebate will mean that South Australian residents, who crave this reliability the most, will no longer need to pay any money upfront to have their solar and battery solution installed and will reap the benefits of savings from day one,” Williams said.
Customers in South Australia can spend up to $10,000 with no interest charged for the first seven years to purchase solar panels and solar batteries.
“We are delighted to continue to partner with Sonnen as one of their key installers in Australia and it’s particularly exciting to see they will now be manufacturing their batteries on Australian soil in South Australia,” Williams said.
“For the past 18 months, grid instability and battery power have been a major discussion topic to solve this statewide issue in South Australia.
“Based on this, South Australia is one of our most dominant markets, with customers clamouring for residential options that will not only encourage savings, but also offer much needed security and stability.
“It’s hugely exciting to see Sonnen on the ground in Adelaide and expected to commence manufacture of their batteries during 2018.”
Williams says the rebate is a strong move by the South Australian government.
“Much like the solar boom that took place from 2009-2012, this will be the move that will bring battery power into the mainstream market and make this form of technology available to the masses,” he said.
“With an unprecedented volume of residential and commercial solar and battery enquiries following this momentous announcement, there is no doubt these newly announced rebates will influence the decisions of many homeowners to move toward the growing trend of battery power.”