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.

Door-To-Door Solar Sales Warning From CEC

Door to door solar sales

Door-to-door sales haven’t been a good look for Australia’s home solar energy sector at the best of times. In the current situation, the practice would be just plain dumb. [Read more…]

Solar Boosting Community Safety In Douglas Shire

Solar street lighting - Douglas Shire

It looks like Queensland’s Douglas Shire Council put its Safer Communities grant money to good use – and solar power features in its purchases. [Read more…]

Is Solar Panel Optimisation Worth It?

Solar string inverters, micro-inverters and power optimizers. What’s the best choice? Finn offers his point of view in this video (transcript included). [Read more…]

Raw Deal For New NT Solar Owners And Installers

Northern Territory solar feed in tariff

The Northern Territory’s distinction as having the hands-down best solar feed in tariff has been lost for new system owners. Installing solar will still be worth it, but payback will be significantly extended. [Read more…]

Making Going Solar A COVID-19-Free Experience

Going solar and COVID-19

In among all the challenges of late, some good news is arranging the purchase of a solar power system and having it installed doesn’t require you to be in close physical contact with anyone – social distancing can be observed. [Read more…]

Australian Solar Systems Interest Index – April 2020

Australian solar power report covering March 2020

March 2020 was a month unlike any other, but there were still plenty of Australians interested in solar power – with some perhaps spurred on by the prospect of bigger electricity bills through staying at home. [Read more…]

Dubbo Regional Council Joins Cities Power Partnership

Dubbo Regional Council - solar energy

Image: Google Street View

New South Wales’ Dubbo Regional Council has announced it is now a member of the Climate Council’s Cities Power Partnership (CPP) program. [Read more…]

Barwon Water Becomes Sustainable Housing Estate Developer

Highton Eco Estate

Victoria’s Barwon Water is turning surplus land previously forming part of the Highton Basin landholding into a sustainable housing estate, with all homes to have solar power systems. [Read more…]

A Strong 2019 For Canadian Solar

Canadian Solar

Last week Canadian Solar released its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2019 indicating another great year for solar panel shipments. [Read more…]

Power Bill Support For Western Australians

Western Australia electricity bills

Western Australia’s McGowan Government has announced more details on electricity bill relief and support for households, businesses and community groups as part of its $1 billion COVID-19 package. [Read more…]