German energy storage manufacturer sonnen has accelerated its move into the US with the opening of a new office in Los Angeles and a collaboration with PV module manufacturer SolarWorld USA.
The SolarWorld deal will see sonnen’s batteries paired with solar panels in a solar-plus-storage package. The offer will be provided though PetersonDean and its Solar4America programme that seeks to use US-made products only.
"SolarWorld has selected sonnen as an energy storage partner because of their proven reliability and global record of success and innovation,” said Ardes Johnson, US vice president of sales and marketing, SolarWorld. “Residential solar is a growing industry and by offering the capability to store solar power to customers we expect that growth to continue."
Erin Clark, president of PetersenDean's solar business, said sonnen's batteries met the criteria for its Solar4America initiative. "They're right in our swim lane," said Clark. "We are all resolved to offer complete solar solutions that include and promote the arrival of storage. We, SolarWorld and sonnen are all best-in-class operators and employers right here on US soil."
Sonnen also announced that it had been added to the approved manufacturer list of residential solar and energy efficiency financer Spruce.
The Los Angeles office boosts sonnen’s existing US manufacturing presence and R&D facility in Atlanta.