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.

Angus Taylor – No Extension For Australia’s Renewable Energy Target

Angus Taylor - Renewable Energy Target

Image source: Angus Taylor via Facebook

Australia’s Energy Minister Angus Taylor confirmed in Question Time yesterday that the nation’s Renewable Energy Target (RET) will wind down from 2020 with nothing to replace it – that is assuming the Morrison Government is still in power after the next election. [Read more…]

Final Rule On National Solar And Battery Storage Register Published

National solar and battery database

Last week the Australian Energy Market Commission released its final rule on establishing a distributed energy resources (DER) register for the National Electricity Market. [Read more…]

Solar + Flow Battery Installation For Queensland’s Heron Island

Solar Energy - Heron Island

Image source: Heron Island Resort

University of Queensland’s Heron Island Research Station (HIRS) on the Great Barrier Reef will soon build on its existing solar installation and add battery storage. [Read more…]

Greenpeace Pushes For 500,000 New Solar + Battery Installations In NZ

Solarise New Zealand - Greenpeace

Image source : Greenpeace

Greenpeace has a plan that would put solar and storage on half a million New Zealand homes over the next decade – supported by diverting cash spent on subsidies for the oil and gas industry. [Read more…]

Australian Energy Storage Market Analysis 2018

Australian Energy Storage Market Analysis 2018
Up to 35,000 Australians could be working in the nation’s energy storage industry by 2020 and up to 450,000 small scale storage systems installed across the country states a new report from the Smart Energy Council. [Read more…]

Victorian Solar Rebate Application Process Opens – How To Apply

Victoria solar rebate application

The wait is over – the Victorian Government announced on Friday households in the state can now apply for the VIC Solar Homes rebate for solar power systems. [Read more…]

Deadlines For Electricity Meter Changeovers Under AEMC Draft Rule

The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) is calling for feedback on a draft rule that it says will give customers in the National Electricity Market (NEM) greater control over electricity meter changes and see deadlines implemented for meter changeovers. [Read more…]

Clive’s Queensland Coal Power Plant Plan Snubbed

Clive Palmer - Coal power

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the state does not need Clive Palmer’s proposed 700 MW coal fired power station – and Mr. Palmer is not happy. [Read more…]

Australian Mosquito Zapper Recieves James Dyson Award Recognition

Mosquito zapper

Image: skeeze

A hand cranked, wind and solar powered mosquito zapper designed in Australia is a national runner-up in the 2018 James Dyson Award. [Read more…]

SA Battery Rebate Buzz – ABC Radio Adelaide Discussion

SA battery rebate discussion
SolarQuotes founder and author of the Good Solar Guide Finn Peacock joined Sonya Feldhoff on ABC Radio Adelaide’s Afternoons program yesterday to discuss the South Australian Government’s battery subsidy. [Read more…]