Sonnen reaches across the Tasman Sea
sonnen recently announced it would start shipping sonnenBatteries to New Zealand where they will be available exclusively through Taspac Energy. The agreement will hasten process of shipping batteries manufactured at the factory in South Australia to customers in New Zealand, a region allegedly prone to blackouts and with a strong thirst for solar PV.
Chief executive Nathan Dunn explained the sonnenBatterie hybrid is a fully-integrated intelligent energy storage system that includes a solar inverter, increasing the overall efficiency of the system.
To facilitate take up, sonnen and Taspac Energy will be staging a series of training programs across New Zealand to provide installers with the technical knowledge needed to tap into the growth opportunities in New Zealand’s home battery market and booming solar trade.
According to the Sustainable Energy Association New Zealand, one new solar PV system is installed in New Zealand every 25 minutes, and almost one third of New Zealand households with a solar system have battery storage, up from 24 percent in 2017 and 16 percent in 2016.
Dwayne Cocker, Director and General Manager of Taspac Energy said, “In recent years, Taspac Energy has seen an organic growth in the demand for home batteries with more households looking for independence from their energy retailers. Homeowners also want to have rooftop solar and energy storage because it reduces their power bills and helps them to achieve greater energy self-sufficiency.
sonnenProtect is said to isolate a storage system during a mains power blackout so households can get backup power for essential power circuits. Additional protection is available through Black Start, a new feature that allows homeowners to recharge their batteries with energy produced by their solar panels without a grid connection.
For an update on sonnen operations and Shell’s involvement read the interview with Nathan Dunn appearing in Winter Smart Energy magazine.