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.

Victorian Solar Rebates For Many Who Jumped The Gun

Victoria Solar Homes package rebate

Otherwise eligible households in Victoria that installed solar power systems during the first phase of the Solar Homes Package but didn’t follow the correct process will still get their rebate. [Read more…]

More Solar Power For Finland’s Helsinki Airport

Helsinki Airport - solar energy in Finland

Finland may have long, dark winters, but it still pays to make use of sunlight for generating electricity says Finavia, which maintains and develops 21 airports around the country. [Read more…]

Walkout Thwarts City Of Hobart Climate Change Emergency Debate

City of Hobart - Climate Change

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A debate on whether City of Hobart (Council) would officially declare a “climate and biodiversity emergency” had to be abandoned after three councillors walked out. [Read more…]

Go-Ahead For Tweed Shire Council’s Biggest Solar Panel Installation Yet

Tweed Shire solar energy project

New South Wales’ Tweed Shire Council is pursuing the installation of another large solar power system to help it towards its electricity self-generation goals. [Read more…]

SolarQuotes Episode 16 – Finn And Ronald Go Nuclear

Finn and Ronald discuss fuel efficiency standards, the rise and fall of SMA, big renewables in Australia, new SQ installer reviews features, nuclear power in Finland and more. [Read more…]

Post-Election : What Now For Solar Power In Australia?

PM Scott Morrison - solar panels

With Scott Morrison to continue at Australia’s helm, what now for solar energy? Is Australia’s popular solar rebate again threatened? [Read more…]

Acciona Combines Wind And Solar Power

Acciona wind and solar energy hybrid

Wind power giant Acciona has installed flexible solar panels on the surface of a wind turbine tower at Breña Wind Farm in Spain. [Read more…]

SA’s City Of Onkaparinga To Reap More Solar Energy Savings

Solar energy - City of Onkaparinga

Three of the City of Onkaparinga Council’s biggest energy-consuming sites will benefit from the installation of solar panels in the next few months. [Read more…]

UK Solar Power Reaches All-Time Generation Peak (Again)

Just a day after breaking its all-time generation record, solar power in the UK again set a new peak generation benchmark. [Read more…]

End Fossil Fuel Subsidies, Stop New Coal Plants – UN Secretary-General

Coal fired power station

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The United Nations’ Secretary-General has come out swinging against fossil fuels in a speech delivered at the Pacific Islands Forum in Fiji. [Read more…]