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.

Queensland’s Longreach Solar Farm Inaugurated

Longreach solar farm

Canadian Solar’s $29 million Longreach Solar Farm project had its official inauguration yesterday. The 15MW AC (17.472 MWp DC) clean power station is being progressively commissioned and is currently operating at 50% capacity. [Read more…]

TRY Wins Rural Councils Of Victoria Award For Energy Efforts

Totally Renewable Yackandandah

Image: Indigo Shire Council

Totally Renewable Yackandandah has scored another award, winning the Saving Energy category of the Community Innovators Awards at the Rural Councils of Victoria Summit. [Read more…]

Queensland Interest-Free Solar/Battery Loans And Grants Update

QLD interest free solar loans and battery grants

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Some Queenslanders waiting on the State Government’s interest-free loans initiative before going solar or installing/adding a battery system may need to reconsider their position. [Read more…]

Queensland Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Ends Soon

Queensland appliance rebate

Image: Queensland Government

Queenslanders have less than two weeks to purchase an energy efficient appliance eligible for a State Government rebate. 40,000 Queensland households have so far received a rebate, with another 10,000 applications currently being processed. [Read more…]

Yarranlea Solar Farm Construction Commences

Yarranlea Solar Farm

Construction activity started on the weekend at the site of what will be the 121- megawatt Yarranlea Solar Farm, west of Toowoomba in Queensland. [Read more…]

Battery Trial Success In South Australia’s Cape Jervis

A new mobile energy storage project led by University of Adelaide researchers is now supporting the electricity network serving Cape Jervis. [Read more…]

Solar Assisted Hybrid Electric Vessel To Soon Cruise Tasmania’s Gordon River

Spirit Of The Wild

Image: RDM Constructions

A 33-metre long vessel with electric motors and solar panels was officially given its formal name this week – and it’s not Solar McSunnyface. [Read more…]

Wind And Solar Power Vs. Coal Seam Gas In Narrabri Shire

Wind energy and solar power vs CSG

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Santos’s proposed Narrabri Gas Project seeks to construct hundreds of coal seam gas wells within the Narrabri Shire area – but what if there was a focus on wind and solar power in the shire instead? [Read more…]

Solar Power For Humpty Doo Barramundi Farm

Barramundi Farm - Solar Energy

Humpty Doo Barramundi Farm, the first NAIF loan recipient in the Northern Territory, will soon embark on a major expansion including solar energy to help power its operations. [Read more…]

Queensland Leading The Charge In Large-Scale Solar

Investment value in large-scale solar power projects in Queensland make up more than half of the national total says the Clean Energy Council. [Read more…]