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.

Even Bigger Battery For South Australia

Tesla’s Big Battery in South Australia could soon lose its crown as Australia’s largest single-site battery installation to another project announced today for the state. [Read more…]

More Backing For Small-Scale Solar + Storage From ARENA/CEFC

ARENA and CEFC - solar and battery storage

Solar panels image: schropferoval

Both the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and Clean Finance Corporation have announced initiatives for further supporting the adoption of small-scale solar power, battery storage and energy efficiency. [Read more…]

Large-Scale Battery Storage : GE Reservoir

GE Reservoir battery

Last week, GE unveiled its large-scale energy storage solution, which is based on the 1.2 MW/4 MWh Reservoir Storage Unit. [Read more…]

Queensland Cash For Battery Info Offer May Catch Out Some Installers

Queensland solar battery database

Image: StockSnap

The Queensland Government is establishing a home battery database and system owners are being offered $50 for their information. It may make some battery installers nervous and owners should be a little cautious too, but for other reasons. [Read more…]

Sydney Markets Now Boasts 3MW+ Of Solar Power

Sydney Markets solar power system

Image: Sydney Markets

Sydney Markets today officially switched on a huge addition to its previously existing solar capacity and has laid claim to having Australia’s biggest private sector rooftop solar power system at a single site. [Read more…]

Redflow ZBM2 Battery Deliveries About To Get Under Way

Redflow ZBM2 battery deliveries

Australian energy storage company Redflow announced yesterday it had completed testing of the first ZBM2 batteries using battery stacks produced by its new Thailand factory, and is now ready to start fulfilling back orders. [Read more…]

SunPower Panels Power 4.4MW Campbell Soup Solar Project

Campbell's Soup - Solar Energy

Campbell Soup Company announced yesterday a 4.4-megawatt solar power project at the company’s World Headquarters in Camden, New Jersey is officially online. [Read more…]

Abbott (Again) Calls For An End To Solar Subsidies

Tony Abbott - solar subsidies

Tony Abbott | Image: via Facebook

Surprise, surprise – Tony Abbott has joined the call for an end to solar subsidies – in fact, all new renewables – after backbench colleague Craig Kelly’s recent ill-informed dummy spit. [Read more…]

Jacinda Ardern Urged To End Oil And Gas Exploration In New Zealand … Now

Jacinda Ardern - coal, oil and gas

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern | Via Facebook

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden’s green energy street cred is being put to the test after an open letter was published urging her government to end oil and gas exploration in the country. [Read more…]

Craig Kelly (Again) Applies Pressure To Slash Australia’s Solar Subsidy

Craig Kelly - Solar Subsidies

Craig Kelly | Image: NSW Liberals

Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg is being pressured by NSW Liberal MP Craig Kelly to act on reducing Australia’s solar subsidy, which could be relatively easily done by tinkering with an important mechanism. [Read more…]