The South Australian Government’s new battery investment program will provide a huge boost to quality, safety and the prospects for battery manufacturing in the state, the Clean Energy Council said today.

Clean Energy Council Chief Executive Kane Thornton said South Australia was already a national leader in renewable energy, and the new battery program would be a big win for consumers and the energy storage industry.

“The Marshall Government’s battery investment program is a well-designed policy that will boost manufacturing, investment, innovation and consumer protection,” Mr Thornton said.

“The program will drive innovation, as the requirements for communications and remote control will enable deployment of household batteries which will be able to function as a future virtual power plant.

“We are very pleased to see the Marshall Government put its support behind customer protection with minimum warranty and quality requirements, and we warmly welcome the support for industry accreditation to ensure high standards in installation, product quality and retailing,” he said.

All systems funded through the program will have a minimum five-year warranty wrap, with a minimum seven-year warranty for the battery component itself.

Priority will be given to products manufactured in South Australia. The German energy storage company Sonnen has announced it will assemble and manufacture 50,000 energy storage systems in Adelaide over the next five years, creating around 430 new jobs.

Please contact Clean Energy Council Media Manager Mark Bretherton on 0413 556 981 for more information or to arrange an interview.