Sonnen secures $71m to grow solar-storage market share in the U.S. and Australia

German residential solar storage firm’s latest financing round was led by investment from Shell Ventures

German solar battery maker sonnen secures Shell cash to expand /TRUE SOUTH SOLAR

Sonnen, the German solar battery manufacturer, has successfully secured $71 million in cash from Shell Ventures, a unit of Shell, interested in boosting investments in solar and other renewables.

The two have launched a strategic cooperation agreement partnership engaged in expanding market share in the U.S. and Australia.

Sonnen also confirmed that it has formed a new division that will include innovatively integrated energy propositions and enhanced EV charging.

Sonnen said the cash would enable the company to strengthen its position internationally with a shift into the U.S. and Australian solar markets.

Sonnen has thousands of customers using its lithium-ion battery systems, most of them in Germany, where a combination of rising retail rates and falling solar feed-in tariffs created an economic case for storing and using a home’s solar power, rather than feeding it back to the grid.

So far, sonnen has sold 30,000 batteries worldwide with combined capacity for 210 megawatts. This only equates to a small fossil-fuel power plant but it has potential to expand as storage becomes cheaper and generation becomes less centralized.

In the U.S., sonnen is active in California, home of the most behind-the-meter batteries and solar-storage systems in the country, and in several other smaller markets.

Interested in solar? Get a solar cost estimate and find out how much a solar system would cost for your home or business.
Follow us: @pvbuzzmedia on Twitter | pvbuzz media on Facebook

More Stories From Around the Web:

What to Read Next:

Storing wind and solar electricity on a large scale, affordably and at room temperature

A new combination of materials developed by Stanford researchers may aid in developing a rechargeable battery able to store the...

Money talks when trying to influence climate change legislation

Climate lobbying is big business. A new analysis shows that between 2000 and 2016, lobbyists spent more than two billion...

Ford’s Hydro One moves will not reduce electricity rates in the province

The new Ford government has set in motion a string of high profile moves on Ontario’s electricity system. These included...

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) wants to remove solar incentives

A report released by the ACCC last week expressed concern over the high cost of electricity in Australia, stating: “Australia...

How gold nanoparticles could improve solar energy storage

CLEVELAND, Ohio (April 4, 2018)—Star-shaped gold nanoparticles, coated with a semiconductor, can produce hydrogen from water over four times more...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *