Here are some solar news stories you may have missed from this week. Click on the links to read these stories in more detail. 1. Renewable Energy Index Reveals Encouraging Renewable Stats Green Energy Markets has published the Renewable Energy Index, which is a monthly report that Australians can use to follow the renewable industry. The index recently found Australia produced enough electricity to power 70% of households in the country. Hydro, wind and solar systems contributed to the 70%. Read more here 2. PowerLedger Introduces Cryptocurrency Similar to Bitcoin, For Solar Projects An Australian company is introducing their own version of cryptocurrency that will let homeowners and businesses sell excess energy generated from their rooftop solar panels to neighbors. Read more here 3. Western Australia Exporting Solar Energy to Indonesia A report commissioned by the Western Australia Pilbara Development Commission has looked into the possibility of exporting electricity generated by solar PVs in the Pilbara to Indonesia. The study found that it’s feasible to deliver energy through high voltage direct current cables under the sea. Read more here 4. Australian Rooftop Solar Could Provide Electricity to 1.8 Million Homes There are currently 2.8 million small-scale solar systems in Australia with a total capacity of 6,000 megawatts, enough to power all the homes in Sydney. Read more here 5. Australian States Strive Towards Renewable Energy Targets Independent of Government Australian states are developing their own policies to meet the federal government’s renewable energy target goals. South Australia is leading the race with ACT and Tasmania not far behind, according to the report by the Climate Council. Read more here 6. Experts Choice Residential Electricity Awards Results: Australia’s Best Value Electricity Plans Mozo.com.au has studied 274 plans from 27 electricity providers in Victoria, New South Wales, ACT, South Australia and Queensland for their Express Residential Electricity Awards and compiled the best value solar, electricity and GreenPower plans for each state. Read more here 7. Hybrid Four-Storey Office Building Is Fully Independent Using Renewables Fluid Solar headquarters is powered by thermal, solar PV and wind energy in South Australia and is no longer relying on an electricity grid connection. Read more here 8. South Australia Gearing Up For More Renewable Energy And Storage Projects South Australia is calling for tenders from companies that are interested in investing in enhancing renewable energy, bioenergy projects and energy storage. Read more here
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