German energy storage solutions provider Sonnenbatterie has entered the US market with a distribution deal to tap into the demand for smart commercial and residential storage in southern California.

Operated by solar installer and distributor SK Solar USA, the first Sonnenbatterie centre will open in Los Angeles and sales operations will begin later this year.

Founded in Germany in April 2010, Sonnenbatterie solutions use lithium-iron-phosphate cells with a interface that allows users to manage their storage system through their smart phones.

Users are also able to track their energy use and avoid peak demand charges.

With a storage capacity range of 4.5kWh to 60kWh, the company has sold 2,500 units across Europe.

California has the largest energy storage targets in the world.

The California Public Utilities Commission is asking California investor-owned utilities to procure 1.325GW of energy storage by 2020, increasing the state’s installed energy storage capacity six fold from its current 35MW.

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