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.

STC Prices And Australia’s Solar Rebate: Update

Solar rebate and STC spot prices

STC spot prices have remained pretty strong so far this year, making it a great time to go solar – find out why. [Read more…]

“Sun Tax” Threatens Electricity Network Death Spiral – Or Does It?

Solar tax - Australia

The results of a recent survey run by Solar Citizens regarding a controversial draft determination from the AEMC will have solar battery manufacturers salivating. [Read more…]

Broken Hill City Council Looking To Take Operations “Off The Grid”

Broken Hill and solar energy

NSW’s Broken Hill City Council is encouraging the community to get involved in its ambitious renewable energy aspirations. [Read more…]

Budget 2021-22: Renewables Pretty Much Ignored

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg - Budget 2021-22

There wasn’t much expected in Budget 2021-22 for tried and tested renewables or electric vehicles, and that’s exactly what Treasurer Josh Frydenberg delivered. [Read more…]

ADB May (Finally And Formally) Turn Its Back On Coal Power

Asian Development Bank and coal

The Asian Development Bank is testing the waters for a new policy that would forbid it from backing coal mining and new coal power projects. [Read more…]

Redflow Unveils Energy Pod Z Battery Storage

Redflow Energy Pod Z

Australia’s Redflow has taken the wraps off its high-voltage energy storage product for grid-scale applications – the Energy Pod Z. [Read more…]

About That Recent ABC 7.30 Report Story On Home Solar

SolarQuotes founder Finn Peacock and blogger-extraordinaire Ronald Brakels scrutinise a recent ABC 7.30 Report segment on home solar power. [Read more…]

Australian Average Solar System Capacity Continues Upwards

Small-scale solar power system capacity in Australia - statistics

As small-scale solar power installations proliferate in Australia, also growing is average system capacity. [Read more…]

AGL And Greenpeace Go Into Battle

AGL vs. Greenpeace - climate campaign

AGL and Greenpeace Australia Pacific are readying to rumble over the latter’s latest climate change related campaign. [Read more…]

Dodgy VIC Solar Company Hit With $3 Million Fine

Vic Solar fine

This should hopefully make some shonky solar sellers sit up, take notice and reconsider their approach – or get out of the solar game altogether. [Read more…]