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.

Plan To Make Export And Burning Of Thermal Coal Illegal In Australia

Australian coal ban

The Australian Greens are to introduce a bill that if passed would make it unlawful to dig, burn or ship thermal coal after 2030. [Read more…]

Queensland Solar Battery Grant/Loan Scheme Starts Today

While the QLD Government says its battery and solar + storage grants and loans are the next wave in the state’s renewable energy revolution, its effect will be more of a ripple. [Read more…]

How Much Will Australia’s Solar Subsidy Reduce By In 2019?

Solar subsidy reduction in 2019

‘Tis the season for solar subsidy scare tactics. It’s that time of the year again when some solar retailers are starting to scream that the solar rebate/subsidy/incentive will reduce next year, hoping to turn more browsers into buyers. [Read more…]

Select Committee Into Fair Dinkum Power To Be Established

Select Committee Into Fair Dinkum Power

The upper house yesterday voted to establish a Senate select committee that will look into “fair dinkum power”, which start its work late this month. [Read more…]

Alpha-ESS To Manufacture Solar Battery Systems In Adelaide

Alpha ESS batteries - SA Home Battery Scheme

Sonnen is no longer the only game in town for heavily subsidised energy storage in South Australia, with an announcement yesterday Alpha-ESS had joined the Home Battery Scheme. [Read more…]

Gunnedah Solar Farm Referred To Independent Planning Commission

Gunnedah Solar Farm

A major solar farm proposed for the Gunnedah area in New South Wales has been referred to the IPC as a result of the number of objections lodged.  [Read more…]

Intech Energy Container Arrives At Port Of Townsville

Intech Energy Container

An Intech Clean Energy containerised hybrid solar + storage solution arrived in Australia yesterday, which will make its way to a property in north-west Queensland’s McKinlay Shire. [Read more…]

More Large-Scale Solar And Energy Storage Progress In Victoria

Gannawarra Energy Storage System - Tesla Powerpack

Gannawarra Solar Farm is operating at full capacity, construction of its colocated battery system has been completed and Wemen Solar Farm is connected to the grid says developer Wirsol. [Read more…]

Salt Water Solar Power For Singapore

Floating solar power - Singapore

Singapore’s Sunseap Group has announced it will be developing an “offshore” floating solar farm in Johore Strait. [Read more…]

Fair Dinkum Power Movement Gains Steam

Fair Dinkum Power

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison may regret ever uttering those three words. Fair Dinkum Power now has its own website and a renewable energy “pledge” that thousands of Australians have signed. [Read more…]