sonnen, a Germany-based residential energy storage company, says it is increasing its investment in the growing U.S. market by establishing a new InnovationHub to combine the firm’s U.S. manufacturing operations and product research and development (R&D) under one roof. Located in Atlanta, the new facility is expected to begin production of sonnenBatterie products in the second quarter of this year.
“sonnen U.S. has experienced exponential sales growth over the past year, making the sonnen InnovationHub a smart investment to capitalize upon the immense potential of the North American energy storage market,” says Christoph Ostermann, sonnen Group CEO. “We expect that linking our U.S. manufacturing and R&D teams in one facility will increase the rate of product innovation and enable us to better adapt to the future needs of the high-growth U.S. residential energy storage market.”
sonnen says it has already begun renovations to the existing facility in Atlanta, and the new InnovationHub will bring additional cleantech jobs to the Southeast and a sonnen presence to the East Coast, complementing the company’s office in Los Angeles.
“It’s gratifying and exciting for us when an innovative technology company like sonnen expands their footprint in Georgia,” comments Costas Simoglou, director of the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Center of Innovation for Energy Technology. “The sonnen InnovationHub is another success story that puts solar energy storage, a very critical part of the solar energy ecosystem, in the spotlight.”
sonnen says it has deployed over 16,000 battery storage systems globally.
“The U.S. market represents significant opportunity for sonnen as we look to expand and encourage energy independence globally,” states Blake Richetta, vice president of sales for sonnen North America. “We’re seeing a rapidly growing number of homeowners interested in achieving energy independence, and a large portion of those are seeking smart storage and software capabilities for better efficiency and management of their renewable energy output.”
Photo courtesy of sonnen: The company’s new InnovationHub will open in Atlanta in the second quarter.
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