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.

InGRID AGM Energy Control System To Manage Monash Uni Microgrid

Solar panels at Monash University, Melbourne

Madrid-based Indra says it has been selected by Melbourne’s Monash University as a key technology partner in MU’s Clayton campus solar powered microgrid project. [Read more…]

Solar + Storage Projects For NSW Riverina Region Seeking Approvals

RES solar and battery storage projects

Submissions relating to two proposed large-scale solar + battery storage facilities in the Edward River Council area in New South Wales are currently being reviewed. [Read more…]

Alinta To Roll Out More Renewables, But Loy Yang B To Burn On – For Decades

Loy Yang B and A coal fired power stations

Loy Yang B (left), Loy Yang A (right) | Image : Marcus Wong (Wongm), CC BY-SA 3.0

Alinta Energy says acquisition of the brown-coal fired Loy Yang B power station in Victoria will enable it to significantly increase the company’s investment in renewable energy assets. [Read more…]

Waste Management Company Orders 50 Electric Tesla Semi Trucks

Electric Tesla Semi truck

Tesla Semi | Image source: Tesla

50 electric Tesla Semi trucks could be hitting United Arab Emirates’ roads as soon as 2020 after a purchase order from Shajah-based Bee’ah. [Read more…]

Development Approval For WA Solar + Wind + Battery Project

Solar + Wind + Battery Facility for Yallabatharra

Image via Northampton Shire Council

Advanced Energy Resources’ proposed Yallabatharra solar and wind project, which will include battery storage, has received development approval from Western Australia’s Northampton Shire Council. [Read more…]

University Of New South Wales To Be 100% Solar Powered

Sunraysia Solar Farm - Univerisity Of New South Wales

Sunraysia Solar Farm To Power UNSW | Image: Maoneng Australia

Claiming it be the first deal of its type among universities throughout the world, UNSW announced yesterday the inking of a agreement that will see it sourcing 100% of its electricity from solar panels. [Read more…]

Solar PV Electricity Cost Reduction “Remarkable” – IRENA

Renewable Power Generation Costs

A new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) that includes information on Australia shows how much the cost of electricity from solar power and other renewables has dropped in recent years. [Read more…]

Third Stage Of Canberra Solar Battery Storage Grants Kicks Off

Solar battery subsidy - Canberra

Image: Ricinator

The third stage of the ACT’s Next Generation Energy Storage grants program has been provided more than $3 million in funding for battery system subsidies. [Read more…]

Big Batteries Projects For Queensland And Northern Territory

Huge battery systems could be installed in QLD and NT reasonably soon – and one may be bigger than what is currently the world’s largest operating lithium-ion battery storage facility, which is located in South Australia. [Read more…]

Victorian Coal Power Station Unit Fails – Again

Loy Yang A power station - Victoria

Image: AGL

A troublesome generation unit at the brown coal-fired Loy Yang A power station again experienced problems early yesterday morning – reportedly the sixth incident in just a few weeks. [Read more…]