PERTH, Australia, Nov. 7 -- Green energy sources - mostly solar and wind have met over 50% of supply for the first time for Australia's national electricity market on Wednesday.

The national electricity market (NEM) provides power to all jurisdictions except Western Australia and the Northern Territory, which have separate grids.

Angus Gemmell, the founder and head of renewable energy firm Solar Choice, lauded the achievement. He said it showed Australia was rapidly reducing its reliance on fossil fuels such as coal.

"It came probably a bit sooner than expected . but it's a pivotal moment to - for 10 minutes yesterday - have more than half of all the electrons on the main grid, this vast contiguous grid, being clean and coming from ren...