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.

Tamworth Solar Farm Gets Development Consent

Tamworth Solar Farm location

The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment has given a conditional thumbs-up for a large scale solar power and battery storage project approximately 25 kilometres west of Tamworth. [Read more…]

What’s Happening To Australia’s Solar Rebate In 2021?

Australia's Solar Rebate In 2021

It’s that time of the year again when some ads may start screaming about a reduction in the solar rebate. Here’s what you need to know. [Read more…]

Western Australian Climate Policy Unveiled

Western Australian Climate Policy

The McGowan Government released its long-awaited Western Australian Climate Policy yesterday afternoon – and not everyone is happy. [Read more…]

Regulator To Establish Solar Panel Serial Number Ledger

Clean Energy Regulator - solar panel serial number ledger

In an effort to further strengthen the integrity of Australia’s Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES) and the nation’s solar industry, the Clean Energy Regulator is developing a ledger to record serial numbers of all solar panels installed in Australia under the SRES. [Read more…]

Solar Energy’s Role In A More Sustainable Wollongong

Solar panels - City of Wollongong

The next steps towards a sustainable Wollongong have been taken with the adoption of two strategic documents by City of Wollongong council last week. [Read more…]

Renewable Energy: Sharing The Benefits With Workers

Employment in Australia's renewable energy sector

While creating an employment bonanza, Australia’s renewable energy sector has created too many insecure jobs says the Australian Council of Trade Unions. [Read more…]

Barnaby Said Stuff Again

Barnaby Joyce - Fossil fuels and renewable energy

Barnaby Joyce isn’t happy about the Electricity Infrastructure Investment Bill passing through New South Wales Parliament’s upper house – and a bunch of other energy related stuff. [Read more…]

TRY’s VPP A VIC Premier’s Sustainability Awards Finalist

Totally Renewable Yackandandah

Totally Renewable Yackandandah’s Virtual Power Plant project was recently named a finalist in Victoria’s Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2020 – community category. [Read more…]

Lithgow City Council’s Solar + Tesla Powerwall Installation

Tesla Powerwall - Lithgow City Council

New South Wales’ Lithgow City Council’s Administration Building roof now boasts a bunch of solar panels – and below it is a battery of Tesla Powerwalls. This installation has special significance. [Read more…]

Outrage At Green Light For Narrabri Coal Seam Gas Project

Coal seam gas wells

Image: Lock The Gate

The Morrison Government has granted final approval required for the controversial Santos Narrabri gasfield project in New South Wales. But many locals and their supporters are still determined to see it never goes ahead. [Read more…]