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About Arjun Joshi

Arjun Joshi is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Before joining Mercom, he worked as a technical writer for enterprise resource software companies based in India and abroad. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Psychology, and Optional English from Garden City University, Bangalore. More articles from Arjun Joshi.

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Residential Solar System Sizes Continue to Rise in the U.S.: Berkeley Lab

Residential Solar System Sizes Continue to Rise in the U.S.: Berkeley Lab

The Berkeley Lab has found that solar photovoltaic (PV) system sizes continue to grow in the United States. In 2020,  the median was 6.5 kW for residential systems, up from ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Daily News Wrap-Up: Tender for Long-Term Supply of Ethanol Receives 197 Bids

Daily News Wrap-Up: Tender for Long-Term Supply of Ethanol Receives 197 Bids

Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world: The first Expression of Interest (EoI) for a long-term agreement to supply ethanol has received bids from ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Daily News Wrap-Up: Rosatom to Build 3 GWh Li-ion Battery Manufacturing Plant

Daily News Wrap-Up: Rosatom to Build 3 GWh Li-ion Battery Manufacturing Plant

Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world: Russian state-owned Rosatom State Nuclear Energy (Rosatom) has announced it will build its 3 GWh lithium-ion battery ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Power Finance Corporation Issues India's First-Ever Euro-Denominated Green Bond

Power Finance Corporation Issues India’s First-Ever Euro-Denominated Green Bond

Power Finance Corporation Ltd (PFC), a financial institution under the Ministry of Finance, issued its maiden Euro Green Bond of £300 million (~$353 million) under the U.S. Global Medium Term ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Other
Daily News Wrap-Up POWERGRID Infuses ₹4.07 billion in EESL

Daily News Wrap-Up: POWERGRID Infuses ₹4.07 Billion in EESL

Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world: Power Grid Corporation of India, an Indian State-owned electric utility, has infused ₹4.07 billion  (~$55.35 million) in ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
BHEL Commissions NTPC’s 25 MW Floating Solar Photovoltaic Project in Andhra Pradesh

BHEL Commissions NTPC’s 25 MW Floating Solar Photovoltaic Project in Andhra Pradesh

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has commissioned the 25 MW floating solar photovoltaic (PV) project at NTPC’s site in Simhadri, Andhra Pradesh. BHEL claims it has designed a complex module ...
/ / Floating Solar, Solar
The UK Infuses £265 Million to Support Renewable Energy Projects

The UK Infuses £265 Million to Support Renewable Energy Projects

The U.K. Government will infuse £265 million (~$366 million) to support renewable energy projects in the upcoming Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction. CfDs are 15-year private contracts between renewable energy ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Solar Energy Could Account for 40% of US Electricity Supply by 2035 Report

Solar Energy Could Account for 40% of US Electricity Supply by 2035: Report

The US Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have released the Solar Futures Study, which states that solar could account for ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Daily News Wrap-Up: APICORP Releases ESG Framework, to Invest $1 Billion in Green Energy

Daily News Wrap-Up: APICORP Releases ESG Framework, to Invest $1 Billion in Green Energy

Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world: The Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP) unveiled its new environmental, social, and governance (ESG) policy framework to ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
DNV Issues Guidelines to Mitigate Impact of Earthquakes on Wind Power Projects

DNV Issues Guidelines to Mitigate Impact of Earthquakes on Wind Power Projects

Norwegian independent energy expert and assurance provider DNV has published a recommended practice, 'Seismic Design of Wind Power Plants,' aimed at guiding developers and operators in mitigating challenges of earthquakes ...
/ / Uncategorized
US to Provide Grants to Generators Increasing the Share of Renewables in Power Portfolio

US to Provide Grants to Generators Increasing the Share of Renewables in Power Portfolio

The United States House Committee on Energy and Commerce has proposed establishing a new program - Clean Electricity Performance Program (CEPP), that provides grants for power companies that increase their ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Daily News Wrap-Up: World Bank Lends $380M to Indonesian Pumped Hydro Storage Plant

Daily News Wrap-Up: World Bank Lends $380M to Indonesian Pumped Hydro Storage Plant

Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world: World Bank has approved a $380 million loan to support the 1,040 MW Upper Cisokan pumped hydro ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Daily News Wrap-Up:  ReNew Power Commissions a 250 MW Solar Project in Rajasthan

Daily News Wrap-Up: ReNew Power Commissions a 250 MW Solar Project in Rajasthan

Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world: Independent power producer ReNew Power commissioned a 250 MW capacity of its Interstate Transmission System (ISTS) solar ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
New Coal Plants to Exhaust ₹2.47 Trillion, Investing in Renewables Can Save ₹432 Billion

New Coal Plants to Exhaust ₹2.47 Trillion, Investing in Renewables Can Save ₹432 Billion

According to the latest report published by the energy think tank Ember and Climate Risk Horizons, 27 GW of proposed new coal power plants in India could deplete scarce public ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
An Energy Storage Technology That Could Reduce Charging Time to Minutes

An Energy Storage Technology That Could Reduce Charging Time to Minutes

Researchers from Tulane University developed an energy storage technology that could reduce charging time to a matter of minutes compared to lithium-ion batteries.  The study was funded by the Department ...
/ / Energy Storage, Technology
Daily News Wrap-Up: Lodha Group and Tata Power Partner to Provide EV Charging in Mumbai

Daily News Wrap-Up: Lodha Group and Tata Power Partner to Provide EV Charging in Mumbai

Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world: Real estate developer Lodha Group has partnered with Tata Power to provide EV charging solutions in all ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Measuring Solar Irradiation a Challenge for Developers and Offtakers in Africa

Measuring Solar Irradiation a Challenge for Developers and Offtakers in Africa

Commercial and industrial solar investment firm CrossBoundary Energy’s (CBE) latest report sheds light on how solar energy generation is forecasted, the specific challenges in measuring solar irradiation in Africa, and ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Perovskite Solar Cells to Be Tested in Space

Perovskite Solar Cells to Be Tested in Space

To lower the cost of specialized photovoltaic (PV) panels used to generate electricity in space — like the ones used in Mars rovers and space probes — researchers at the ...
/ / Solar, Technology
Renewables EPC Firm Blattner to be Acquired by Quanta for $2.7 Billion

Renewables EPC Firm Blattner to be Acquired by Quanta for $2.7 Billion

Electrical infrastructure provider Quanta Services has agreed to acquire utility-scale renewable energy contractor Blattner Holding Company for $2.7 billion. Quanta Services will pay $2.36 billion in cash and issue shares ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Greek Government Approves a 4.65 GW Green Hydrogen and 400 MW Fuel Cell Project

Greek Government Approves a 4.65 GW Green Hydrogen and 400 MW Fuel Cell Project

The Greek Minister of Development and Investments and the Greek Minister of Environment, Energy, and Climate Change approved two 'Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEI)' floated by US-based fuel ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Daily News Wrap-Up:  Ultraviolette to Set Up EV Manufacturing Facility in Bangalore

Daily News Wrap-Up: Ultraviolette to Set Up EV Manufacturing Facility in Bangalore

Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world: Electric Motorcycle manufacturer Ultraviolette announced that it is setting up its manufacturing and assembling facility in Bangalore ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Daily News Wrap-Up: IREDA to Assist TANGEDCO with Renewable Projects and Fundraising

Daily News Wrap-Up: IREDA to Assist TANGEDCO with Renewable Projects and Fundraising

Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world: Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Tamil Nadu Generation ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Daily News Wrap-Up: TotalEnergies to Build Solar Projects in Iraq

Daily News Wrap-Up: TotalEnergies to Build Solar Projects in Iraq

Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world: TotalEnergies, the Iraqi Ministries for oil and electricity, and the National Investment Commission have signed agreements covering ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Assam’s Electric Vehicle Policy 2021 Aims at 200,000 EVs to be Deployed by 2026

Assam’s Electric Vehicle Policy 2021 Aims at 200,000 EVs to be Deployed by 2026

Assam is the latest Indian state to announce an electric vehicle (EV) policy. The Electric Vehicle Policy of Assam, 2021 aims for 25% EV penetration in all vehicle registrations by ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
US Solar Photovoltaic Module Shipments Up 33% in 2020

US Solar Photovoltaic Module Shipments Up 33% in 2020

Solar photovoltaic (PV) module shipments in the United States, including imports, exports, domestic production, and sales touched a record high of 21.8 GW in 2020, 5.4 GW more than in ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar