October 29 (Renewables Now) - German energy storage specialist Sonnen expects to produce next month its first home batteries at its new manufacturing site in South Australia.
On announcing a new managing director for Australia and Asia Pacific, the company said on Thursday it will produce 10,000 batteries per year in order to meet the growing demand in that part of the world. The production line will be located at Sonnen’s new manufacturing centre at the former GM Holden site in Elizabeth.
The German firm calculates the factory would create up to 430 jobs in South Australia as it ramps up production to match the demand from the state’s AUD-100-million (USD 70.9m/EUR 62.2m) Home Battery Scheme. The programme was opened earlier this month and will subsidise the installation of home battery systems by 40,000 households.
Nathan Dunn will be Sonnen's new managing director for Australia and the Asia Pacific. His appointment "cements the next stage in sonnen’s strategic plans to make Adelaide the centre of its Australian operations".
Previously, Dunn served as Asia Pacific managing director for US microinverters maker Enphase Energy Inc (NASDAQ:ENPH). He succeeds Chris Parratt, who will no longer be part of Sonnen.
(AUD 1.0 = USD 0.709/EUR 0.622)