About Michael Bloch

Michael caught the solar power bug after purchasing components to cobble together a small off-grid PV system in 2008. He's been reporting on Australian and international solar energy news ever since.

Consumer Groups Call For Federal Government Regulation Of BNPL

BNPL and solar power

Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) services should be regulated by the Federal Government rather than through a self-regulatory code of conduct developed by the industry say leading consumer groups. [Read more…]

AEMC Introducing New Solar Inverter Standards

AEMC solar inverter standards

Where South Australia has already gone with some solar inverter standards, most other states will follow by the end of this year. [Read more…]

Curious Solar + Hydrogen Trial For The Northern Territory

Solar and hydrogen trial - Northern Territory

This one is a bit of a head scratcher – a proposed project for the Northern Territory seeks to use solar power to pull water from the air and create hydrogen from that water to be used for electricity generation. [Read more…]

Public Submission Period Kicks Off For Warral Solar Farm

Warral Solar Farm

Image: Google Earth

Another small utility-scale solar energy project for NSW’s Tamworth Regional Council local government area recently commenced its public comment period – Warral Solar Farm. [Read more…]

Another Miner Turns To Solar Power

Solar power in Australian mining

Abra Mining Pty Limited has executed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Contract Power Group for a hybrid electricity generation system including solar panels and battery storage for a project in WA. [Read more…]

SA Water Racks Up 300,000+ Solar Panels

SA Water zero cost energy future

SA Water appears to have accelerated its progress towards the utility’s goal of a zero cost energy future. [Read more…]

Springvale South Solar Farm Saga Update

Springvale South solar farm

A proposal to construct a solar farm in a Melbourne suburb is continuing to face significant opposition from within the local community. [Read more…]

Morwell Power Station Chimneys Toppled

Morwell Power Station chimneys demolished

Image: EBAC Demolition

The two remaining chimney stacks at the former Morwell Power Station (Energy Brix Power Station) in Victoria were successfully brought down on Saturday morning. [Read more…]

More Installer Choice For Canberra’s Solar Battery Rebate Program

Canberra solar battery rebate

The fifth round of the ACT’s solar battery rebate has kicked off with a greater choice of installers – and the Sustainable Household Scheme isn’t far off. [Read more…]

Renewables Help Achieve Lowest Wholesale Electricity Prices In Years

Renewables and wholesale electricity prices

Wholesale electricity prices in the National Electricity Market last year were at their lowest since 2015 says the Australian Energy Regulator. [Read more…]

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