Production begins at Sonnen’s Adelaide battery factory

Production has begun at the Sonnen battery factory in Adelaide, at the site of the former GM Holden plant.

The first of three energy storage system factories announced for Adelaide was opened by Sonnen CEO Christoph Ostermann and South Australian Premier Steven Marshall this morning (Tuesday). Output is expected to reach around 10,000 units per year.

Manufacture of batteries has been encouraged by the SA government’s subsidy plan for home energy storage, with subsidies between $500 and $6,000 available. Energy minister Dan van Holst Pellekaan said cheaper and more reliable power for households was the primary driver for the $100 million scheme, but jobs and investment were a “massive bonus.”

A claimed 430 manufacturing and installation jobs in SA would result from the factory over the next five years.

Two other companies, Alpha-ESS and Eguana Technologies, have announced they will be opening factories in the state to supply demand for home energy storage.

Picture: ABC News

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