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.

Victoria’s Electricity Distributors On Notice For Summer

A new report has again confirmed that Victoria’s Australia Day long weekend blackouts had nothing to do with renewables or a lack of energy supply, and has made recommendations to avoid a re-occurrence. [Read more…]

Solar Energy To Power Facebook Data Center

More solar power for Facebook
Facebook’s data center in Prineville, Oregon will be supported by 100 percent renewables from new solar energy developments announced early today.  [Read more…]

WA Government Boosts Backing For Battery Industry Research Centre Bid

Stating Western Australia to be a ‘one-stop shop’ for battery materials, the McGowan Government has stumped up more funds to back a bid seeking to establish the Future Batteries Industries Cooperative Research Centre (FBI CRC) in Perth. [Read more…]

JA Solar Completes Merger, Exits NASDAQ

JA Solar panels

Solar panel manufacturer JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. has announced the completion of its merger with JASO Acquisition Limited and has ceased to be a publicly traded company. [Read more…]

AEMO Releases Integrated System Plan For National Electricity Market

While some are seeing an important AEMO report as a big win for coal – it’s anything but. However, what it envisions still leaves us with coal power capacity hanging around for a long time; albeit continually dwindling. [Read more…]

Flinders Power Fined A Pittance Over Port Augusta Dust Event

Port Augusta Power Stations rehabilitation

Image: EPA South Australia

South Australia’s Environment Protection Authority has reportedly fined Flinders Power just $2,200 for a dust and coal fly-ash event that impacted Port Augusta residents last year. [Read more…]

Tasmania’s “Battery Of The Nation” Info Sessions Start Next Week

Battery of the Nation - Tasmania

Image: Hydro Tasmania

Hydro Tasmania will be hosting community information sessions around the state regarding its pumped hydro storage plans over the coming weeks. [Read more…]

Green Light For Queensland’s Rodds Bay Solar Farm

Rodds Bay Solar Farm

Gladstone Regional Council has approved the development application for Rodds Bay Solar Farm, a 300MW PV-based facility to be built near the township of Bororen; approximately 50km south of Gladstone. [Read more…]

SA Water “Project Zero” Solar Companies Shortlisted

Solar energy for SA Water

Image: SA Water

Four solar companies have been shortlisted to tender for the installation of 500,000 solar panels on key SA Water infrastructure. [Read more…]

More Support For Renewables In Victoria

Image: seagul

The Victorian Government has stumped up more funding to help the state towards its renewable energy goals and low-carbon economy aspirations. [Read more…]