Battery giant to open manufacturing centre in SA


Global energy storage company Alpha-ESS have signed an agreement with the South Australian Government that will see the company begin battery manufacturing in Adelaide.

Alpha-ESS will initially manufacture battery storage systems in partnership with Minda Disability Support Services, later moving to a dedicated facility.

By 2020 Alpha-ESS plan to manufacture more than 8,000 of their SMILE 5 batteries in Adelaide per year.

The news follows the announcement in September that battery company Sonnen would be establishing a manufacturing facility at Elizabeth.

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Minister for Energy and Mining Dan van Holst Pellekaan said the announcement was good news for energy consumers and job seekers.

“Following the establishment of the State Government’s $200 million home battery grant and loan scheme, two companies have moved to set up manufacturing operations in our state,” Minister van Holst Pellekaan said.

“This is great news for South Australians who want to install a home battery to store their renewable energy and will help drive down costs for all consumers.

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“It’s also great news for South Australian job seekers who will benefit from the creation of hundreds of jobs.”

Through their agreement with the State Government, Alpha-ESS will have access to the priority period for the Home Battery Scheme, which lasts until the end of the year. This will provide consumers with greater choice during this period.

The South Australian scheme provides subsidies of up to $6,000 for families to install battery storage systems.