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For the first time, renewable energy contributed nearly 70% of power to Australia’s main grid

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For a brief period on Friday, more than two-thirds of Australia's main energy grid was generated by renewable sources.
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For a brief period on Friday, more than two-thirds of Australia’s main energy grid was generated by renewable sources.

This is a new record for renewable generation in the National Electricity Market (NEM).

Solar energy itself made up almost half of the overall power source.

The context

The NEM is where generators and retailers trade electricity throughout Australia, except in Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

As Australia works to generate more electricity from sustainable and renewable sources, it’s expected there will be more instances where coal won’t be the dominant energy source used in Australia.

The previous record for instantaneous renewable energy generation was 64.1%, which was set in September. The new record is 68.7%.

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