Bitcoin alternative promises to boost global solar energy

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Digital currencies have become a more promising proposition thanks to the tentative success of Bitcoin, which has even inspired the semi-serious efforts of both dogecoin and Coinye in recent months. Now SolarCoin is hoping to provide another option that is backed by the production of solar energy. Much like Bitcoin, SolarCoin is a 'cryptocurrency' that is in part mined using similar techniques — requiring computer power to crunch calculations that release the coins. In addition, however, SolarCoins also incentivize the farming of solar power. Verified by a third party meter reading, adopters are essentially rewarded for creating green energy —…

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