Alpha’s Battery plant
Energy storage pioneer AlphaESS has opened a new facility at Lonsdale in South Australia, as part of its commitment to the state Government’s Home Battery Scheme. AlphaESS batteries will form part of a new virtual power plant launched into the market by ShineHub and energy retailer Powershop.
The development of the new production facility at Lonsdale will enable AlphaESS to increase the production of batteries from around 500 per month for the rest of 2019, and up to 1000 systems per month next year.
The original plan was to assemble more than 8,000 of the AlphaESS SMILE 5 batteries per year by 2020. But, under the new plans for up annual output could reach 12,000 systems.
The ramp up in production will see AlphaESS employ between 80 to 100 additional people over the next six to 12 months.
“We are now ready to bring our investment and operation to the next level, to boost the energy transition in South Australia,” AlphaESS Managing Director Dong Lin said.
Minister for Energy and Mining Dan van Holst Pellekaan (pictured above) welcomed the AlphaESS transition to a permanent facility in SA.
“We are pleased AlphaESS is expanding its production outfit, providing a boost for local jobs and industries,” the minister said.
AlphaESS is the second battery manufacturer to join the state Government’s Home Battery Scheme.
AlphaESS batteries will also form part of a new virtual power plant (VPP) launched into the market by solar installer ShineHub and energy retailer Powershop.
The new VPP offers savings of up to $7,000 on the cost of an AlphaESS battery using the subsidy of up to $6,000 available from the Home Battery Scheme and a further $1,000 discount.
ShineHub chief executive Alex Georgiou explained that ShineHub is offering those who don’t have the money to buy solar panels and a battery upfront to enjoy the benefits while paying them off over time, not unlike a mobile phone plan.
“[We are able] to offer a battery for a home owner at a dollar a day on the pay as you go plan, or if with panels and a battery at 3 dollars 50 cents per day,” he said.
South Australians can join the ShineHub VPP if they have an existing AlphaESS battery or by purchasing a new one, and will receive a payment from Powershop every time their battery is used to support the grid.
ShineHub estimates that depending on the household and battery size, households can anticipate savings of $300 per year on their electricity bills, on top of the savings from installing solar panels and a battery.
The state energy minster is also urging more householders to take advantage of the battery subsidy. The target was 40,000 households within the next three years. To date 3,000 have signed up.
“The South Australian Government’s Home Battery Scheme is putting more power in the hands of consumers with households being offered incentives – saving them thousands of dollars – in return for adding their battery into a virtual power plant,” Minister Dan van Holst Pellekaan said.