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.

Canadian Solar’s Q3 Results

Canadian Solar panels

Canadian Solar shipped more solar panel capacity in the third quarter than guidance predicted and the firm is planning a significant increase in module manufacturing capacity. [Read more…]

Clean Energy Regulator Frustrated With SRES Non-Compliance

Australia’s Clean Energy Regulator says it continued to see “unacceptably high-levels of wilful and reckless non-compliance” in connection with STC creation under Australia’s Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES) in 2018-19. [Read more…]

Risen Energy Solar Panel Product Warranty Boosted In Australia

Risen Energy solar panel warranty

Risen Energy has bumped up the product warranty offered in Australia for rooftop installations of its solar panels from 12 to 15 years. [Read more…]

Big Changes At SunPower

SunPower - Maxeon Solar Technologies

SunPower has announced it will spin off much of its solar panel manufacturing into a new company – Maxeon Solar Technologies. [Read more…]

RACV On The Road To More Renewables

RACV - solar power and other renewables

The Royal Automobile Club of Victoria has committed to powering all its Victorian clubs, resorts and office buildings with 100% renewables from the beginning of next year. [Read more…]

Higher Electricity Network Charges For Victorians In 2020

Victoria’s households and small businesses will be digging deeper into their pockets from January 1 next year to cover electricity network charges after a decision by the Australian Energy Regulator (AER). [Read more…]

JinkoSolar Ramping Up Silicon Wafer Production

JinkoSolar silicon wafer production

JinkoSolar announced last week it is again expanding production capacity at its wafer facility in Leshan, Sichuan Province, China. [Read more…]

JDAP Decision On Waroona Solar Farm This Week

Waroona solar farm

Image: South Energy

Western Australia’s Mid-West/ Wheatbelt Joint Development Assessment Panel will discuss South Energy’s proposed Waroona Solar Farm project this week. [Read more…]

Call For Victorian Solar Farms To Pay Council Rates

The Municipal Association of Victoria wants to see solar farms and other electricity generators in the state coughing up more cash to councils. [Read more…]

Tuvalu Scores USD $6 Million Grant For Solar Power And StorageĀ 

Solar energy in Tuvalu

Image: Google Maps

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is giving the tiny island nation of Tuvalu a big chunk of change to install more solar energy and battery systems. [Read more…]