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German battery storage manufacturer sonnen unveils bright Australian vision

German energy storage manufacturer sonnen has shared its vision to make clean and affordable energy accessible to all at the company’s Australian product launch.

The sonnenFlat premiere in Sydney revealed how households which install their sonnenBatterie can become independent from conventional energy retailers and take their energy future into their own hands.

“This is a very significant milestone for our company,” said Founder and Chief Executive Officer of sonnen Germany Christoph Ostermann. 

“We see Australia as a very important market.”

So just what is sonnenFlat? It’s an energy tariff for sonnenBatterie owners. They receive a guaranteed amount of energy for a low monthly fee and in return some of the energy stored in the battery is used to assist in the stabilisation of the electricity grid.

Care Solar Solutions attended the Sydney launch which heard from economist and Chairman of Zen Energy Professor Ross Garnaut.

“This evening is another step in bringing to Australia the international knowledge and experience that we need,” Professor Garnaut explained.

“Australia has to make its way over the next couple of decades from being a country usually dependent on highly centralised carbon based energy into an economy with a more diverse range of energy… There is no developed country that has anything like the wealth of renewable energy resources of Australia."

As sonnen’s Chief of Global Sales and Marketing Philipp Schroder explained: “Every solar system in our pool is a power plant just like a coal fired power plant and we are sharing all of the electricity in a virtual power pool.”

Participating households need to first purchase a sonnenBatterie and a new (or have an existing) solar PV system.

The sonnenFlat packages, which will be marketed to Australian households, start at $30 a month for a contract period of two years with the ability to opt out at any time.

Combined with the technology’s proven track record in Germany, the packages provide another attractive offering to the Australian energy marketplace - one which is dealing with rising electricity prices amid an aging poles and wires network.

At this rate the outlook is sure to be sunny for sonnen in Australia.

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