It has also attracted Chinese battery developer Alpha-ESS and Canada’s Eguana technologies to also announce local manufacturing investments.
Sonnen says it aims to produce 10,000 batteries a year to meet demand from Australian households and for export to Asia Pacific.
It also plans to create up to 430 new jobs in South Australia, and says it has already hired 50 new full-time employees in Adelaide to manage its production, call centre and technical support operations.
“Today, we celebrate a new era for clean energy manufacturing in South Australia with the assembly of our first sonnenBatteries at Elizabeth,” sonnen CEO Christoph Ostermann said in a statement.
“Sonnen is committed to our expansion and investment in South Australia with the hiring of a highly skilled operations team right here in Adelaide. This will serve as a foundation for sonnen’s growth and expansion in the future.”