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.

Millions Gear Up For Global Climate Strike

Global Climate Strike

Tomorrow marks the start of climate protests across the planet on a scale that is likely to be the largest the world has ever seen. [Read more…]

ClearVue Beefs Up Solar PV Glass Size

ClearVue solar glass

ClearVue sees a future so bright, the guy on the left’s gotta wear shades.

Australia’s ClearVue Technologies Limited has announced it’s now able to produce solar PV glass nearly double its previous largest panel size. [Read more…]

Solar Panel Validation Initiative Update

Solar panel validation - Australia

Australia’s Solar Panel Validation Initiative (SPV) is another weapon being used in the battle against crap solar – and appears to be progressing well. [Read more…]

Victorian Solar Rebates Snapped Up Again

Solar rebates in Victoria

The second allocation of Victorian solar rebates for September flew out the door yesterday – indicating supply still isn’t touching the sides of demand. [Read more…]

More Solar Energy For Gippsland Water

Gippsland Water - solar energy

Victoria’s Gippsland Water announced last week it had installed more than 1,800 solar panels as part of its quest to slash the corporation’s carbon emissions. [Read more…]

SolarQuotes Vodcast Episode 30 – Solar Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

Finn and Ronald discuss how much deposit you should pay your solar installer, a major proposed wind/solar/storage project in SA, Project EnergyConnect and much more. [Read more…]

Victoria Bitter Spruiks Its Solar Energy Street Cred

Victoria Bitter - solar power

Carlton United Breweries (CUB) brand Victoria Bitter has launched a TV commercial highlighting its use of solar power – but the leadup was somewhat a misfire. [Read more…]

How To Maximise Electricity Bill Savings With Solar Power

If you’ve installed solar panels – congratulations! Here’s what Finn advises you do next to make the most of your solar power system so you’ll end up with the lowest possible electricity bills. [Read more…]

In Brief – WA: Industrial Park Microgrid, Smart Meter Rollout Begins

Solar powered microgrid, advanced meter rollout in WA

What’s been called Australia’s first industrial renewable energy microgrid is to be established at the Peel Business Park in Nambeelup, Western Australia. Also in WA, Western Power’s big advanced meter rollout has begun. [Read more…]

A Green Light For Super-Cheap Solar And Battery Storage PPA 

Solar and storage PPA Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Board of Commission has given its nod to power purchase agreements offering the utility dirt cheap solar + storage supplied electricity. [Read more…]