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.

More Cash For Brisbane Clubs To Go Solar

Brisbane clubs - solar energy

More clubs in the Brisbane City Council local government area will have solar panels installed under its Resilient Clubs Support Program. [Read more…]

Australian Solar Prices: October 2021 Update

Australian solar price report - October

Australians in some states were paying more for solar power systems in September 2021, but still getting a bargain given the benefits solar energy brings. [Read more…]

Wind Power Supports More Solar Energy In VIC’s Golden Plains

Solar panels - Golden Plains Shire

A bunch of community buildings in Victoria’s Golden Plains Shire now have solar panels thanks to a local wind farm. [Read more…]

Remote Rooftop Solar Power Management For WA’s SWIS

Remote solar disconnection in Western Australia

Energy Policy WA has kicked off a discussion on the introduction of remote rooftop solar management capability for new installations in Western Australia – and it could be introduced quite soon. [Read more…]

Big Community Battery Proposed For Phillip Island

Phillip Island community battery

A proposed community battery energy storage system for Victoria’s Phillip Island has been announced by AusNet Services and Mondo. [Read more…]

LG Chem To Produce Plastic Solar Panel Frames

Plastic solar panel frames - LG Chem

South Korea’s LG Chem has announced it has developed a plastic material that can replace the aluminium frames used in solar panels. [Read more…]

Thinking Going Off-Grid In The City? Perhaps Think Again

Many Australians are keen to cut ties with electricity companies by installing solar panels and batteries with view to taking their homes entirely off the grid. And who could blame them? [Read more…]

Western Power Pursuing Disconnected Microgrid Project

Western Power - Disconnected Microgrid

Western Power is seeking registrations of interest to develop its first renewables-based disconnected microgrid in either the Mid-West, Wheatbelt or Great Southern region of Western Australia. [Read more…]

What Is A “Tier 1” Solar Battery?

Tier 1 solar battery myth

A “Tier 1” solar battery is like a Tier 1 solar inverter and nothing like a Tier 1 solar panel. Confused? Here’s a simple explanation: [Read more…]

Australian Solar Panel Redistribution Initiative Helping Africa

Solar panel redistribution

From rooftops in Queensland’s Hervey Bay to communities in Nigeria – how unwanted solar panels from Australia are getting a second life overseas. [Read more…]