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.

Applications For Synergy’s 2019 Community Solar Fund Close Soon

Synergy community solar

Image: Synergy

Community groups in Western Australia only have until Sunday, March 31 to lodge their applications for Synergy’s 2019 round of its Community Solar Fund. [Read more…]

Geelong Council Heading For Half A Megawatt Of Solar Power

Geelong council solar energy

Installation of a couple of solar power systems this and next month will help take City of Greater Geelong (Council) over the 500kW total capacity mark. [Read more…]

Solar To Help Power Gold Coast Seaway’s Sand Bypass System

Gold Coast Sand Bypass System - solar energy

Image: Gold Coast Water Authority

A 100-kilowatt solar power system will soon be installed for the Sand Bypass System at The Spit on Queensland’s Gold Coast. [Read more…]

Proposed Baringhup Solar Farm Hits A Snag

Baringhup Solar Farm development site

Image: RES Australia Pty Ltd

Mount Alexander Shire Council will request the involvement of Victoria’s Minister for Planning in determining a planning permit application for the proposed Baringhup Solar Farm. [Read more…]

Greens Court Small Business With Energy Savings Policy

Greens Small Business Energy Savings Plan

The Greens yesterday launched a six- point plan the party says will assist small business in slashing power bills, improving energy efficiency and switching to clean energy. [Read more…]

Panasonic N330E HIT AC Solar Panel Availability Announced

Panasonic AC solar panel - N330E HIT

Panasonic’s N330E HIT AC Series solar panel featuring the Enphase IQ 7X microinverter will be available to solar installers in late March – in the USA anyway. [Read more…]

Antarctica’s Casey Research Station Goes Solar

Solar energy in Antarctica

A 30kW wall-mounted solar power system comprised of 105 solar panels was switched on at Australia’s Casey Research Station in Antarctica yesterday. [Read more…]

South Australia’s Home Battery Scheme – Where’s It At?

South Australia Home Solar Battery Scheme

More than half a million dollars has been spent on advertising SA’s Home Battery Scheme and it appears subsidy uptake hasn’t quite met the Marshall Government’s expectations as yet. [Read more…]

Construction Commences On WA’s Merredin Solar Farm

Merredin Solar Farm

Image: Risen Energy

Last Friday saw a groundbreaking ceremony for the 132 MW Merredin Solar Farm project, which is being constructed just a few clicks from Merredin in Western Australia‚Äôs central wheatbelt. [Read more…]

More Solar Pledges From NSW Coalition And Labor

Labor vs. Coalition - solar energy

In New South Wales, the Coalition and Labor have sweetened the pot in the leadup to this Saturday’s election in a bid to attract more solar-supporting voters. [Read more…]