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.

City Of Melbourne (Council) Now 100% Renewable Electricity Powered

City Of Melbourne - Renewable Energy

The City Of Melbourne says it is the first Australian capital city council powered by 100 per cent renewable electricity. [Read more…]

Australia’s Big 4 Banks Still Sniffing Around Fossil Fuels

Australian banks and fossil fuel loansMajor Australian banks were getting back into fossil fuels in 2018 according to a new report from Market Forces, but there was also a big increase in exposure to renewable energy. [Read more…]

30 MW/8 MWh Grid Scale Battery In SA Fully Operational

ESCRI grid scale battery

Image: ARENA

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) says a 30 MW/8 MWh grid-scale battery project at the Dalrymple substation on South Australia‚Äôs Yorke Peninsula is now live and connected to the National Electricity Market (NEM). [Read more…]

Australian Power Project Pushing For HELE Coal

A new report ranking power prices in the National Electricity Market makes some curious claims about so-called high-efficiency, low emissions (HELE) coal fired power generation. [Read more…]

Two New Large-Scale Solar Energy Projects For The Northern Territory

Solar energy in the Northern Territory

Image: Northern Territory Government

The NT Government announced yesterday that the Territory will be powered by 10% solar energy by the end of 2019. [Read more…]

BYD B-Box Pro 13.8 Added To SA Home Battery Scheme

BYD B-Box Pro 13.8

Choices of battery systems continue to grow in South Australia’s Home Battery Scheme, with BYD the latest to be added to the list. [Read more…]

Geopolitical Consequences Of The Transition To Renewables

Energy transformation report

A recently published report states a new energy age will reshape relations between states and regions around the world. This presents dangers and opportunities for Australia. [Read more…]

REC Boosts Solar Panel Product Warranty

REC solar panels

REC Group announced last week it was providing a significant boost to its TwinPeak and N-Peak solar panel product warranties. [Read more…]

Feedback Invited On Behind The Meter Industry Code Of Conduct

Stakeholders and the public are encouraged to provide feedback a new industry code of conduct being developed to help further protect Australian purchasers of PV and battery systems, along with other “behind-the-meter” products. [Read more…]

Kidston Cranking A Heap Of Solar Electricity Goodness – And Cash

Kidston solar energy project

KS1 after completion | Image: Genex Power

Genex Power has released a revenue update for its 50MW Kidston Solar Project (KS1) in North Queensland, along with some energy generation statistics. [Read more…]