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.

Development Application Approved For Pallamana Solar Farm

Pallamana Solar Farm

Proposed layout for Pallamana Solar Farm | RES Australia Pty Ltd.

It’s been reported the development application for a proposed large-scale solar + storage facility near Murray Bridge in South Australia has been given the thumbs-up. [Read more…]

Absolute Solar Power Basics – The Difference Between Power And Energy

When it comes to solar power, the absolute fundamental thing you need to know is the difference between power (kW) and energy (kWh) says SolarQuotes founder Finn Peacock in his latest video. [Read more…]

Victoria’s Day Of Solar Action This Thursday

Victorian Solar Rally

A rally on the steps of Victoria’s Parliament House this Thursday will endeavour to get it through the Victorian Government’s skull that not only is the nature of the Solar Homes PV rebate crippling the state’s solar industry, many Victorians are missing out on reaping the benefits of solar power. [Read more…]

A Big Week For Big Solar In Australia

Large-scale solar energy in Australia

A lot has been happening on the large-scale solar energy front in Australia in the past week – here’s a roundup of some of the notable events. [Read more…]

Inquiry Into Sustainability Of Energy Supply And Resources In NSW

Renewable energy in New South Wales

A new inquiry by the New South Wales Legislative Assembly’s Environment and Planning Committee is delving into the economic opportunities for renewables in the state, and how to support communities affected by changing resource markets. [Read more…]

Cedar Grove Environmental Centre Construction Update

Cedar Grove Environment Centre

Construction of a wastewater treatment facility with a curious name – Cedar Grove Environmental Centre – is 40% complete says Queensland’s Logan City Council. [Read more…]

Rebate Rage: The Battle To Save Victoria’s Residential Solar Industry

Victoria solar energy industry crisis

Workers are being laid off and solar businesses are closing their doors in Victoria. Solar buyers, system owners and the Victorian community in general should also be worried as the crisis will have some serious knock-on effects. [Read more…]

Noosa, City Of Melbourne Councils Declaring Climate Emergencies

Climate Emergency Declaration

Image: Rohan Leppert via Twitter

Two more Australian councils are joining the growing number of local governments to declare climate emergencies – Noosa Shire and City of Melbourne. [Read more…]

Product Warranty Boost In Australia For Phono Solar Panels

Phono solar panels Australia

Sumec Australia has announced a 15-year product warranty now applies to all standard modules delivered from Phono Solar since the beginning of July 2019. [Read more…]

Another Green Light For South Fremantle Solar Farm

South Fremantle solar farm

The construction of a large-scale urban solar farm in the Perth suburb of South Fremantle has again edged towards becoming a reality. [Read more…]