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Australia Can Now Power 70% Of Homes With Renewable Energy

By Brian Spaen

Renewable energy is now generating 70 percent of Australia’s power and that number will only keep growing. The new Australian Renewable Energy Index provides a look into how much sustainability has improved in the country down under despite perception that it’s not embracing the change.

Studies from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) reveal that just 46 percent the country’s big businesses are making the green switch. Even worse, most of the companies involved are sparsely using renewable power. This is in stark contrast to public demand, where 80 percent of the population would like to see these companies support wind and solar generation.

There’s a lot of work to go in order to improve that image, but renewable energy sources are continuing to grow in Australia. Specifically in South Australia, they’ve been attempting to fix their electrical grid by adding to the more than 1.5 gigawatts of wind power available. To make things more stable, they’re installing a battery backup system to the Hornsdale Wind Farm.