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About Harsh Shukla

Harsh Shukla is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Previously with Indian Express, he has covered general interest stories. He holds a Masters Degree in Journalism from Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune. More articles from Harsh Shukla.

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Greece Approves €2.02 billion for Developing 2.81 GW of Renewable Energy Projects

Greece Approves €2.02 Billion for Developing 2.81 GW of Renewable Energy Projects

Greece has approved a budget of €2.02 billion (~$2.47 billion) to develop four renewable energy projects totaling 2.81 GW. Greece’s Interministerial Strategic Investment Committee approved an investment worth €888.13 million ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Bharat Forge Invests ₹28.7 Million in Avaada's Open Access Solar Project in Maharashtra

Bharat Forge Invests ₹28.7 Million in Avaada’s Open Access Solar Project in Maharashtra

Bharat Forge, a Pune-based multinational infrastructure company, made an equity investment of ₹28.7 million (~$390,437) in renewable developer Avaada’s special purpose vehicle Avaada SataraMH (ASPL). The company invested the amount ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Daily News Wrap-Up_ IFC Approves $265 Million to Promote Electric Vehicles in Brazil

Daily News Wrap-Up: IFC Approves $265 Million to Promote Electric Vehicles in Brazil

Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world: Pacific Gas and Electric Company has requested approval from the California Public Utilities Commission for six additional ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
New Perovskite Silicon Tandem Solar Cell with Record Efficiency of 29.15%

New Perovskite Silicon Tandem Solar Cell with Record Efficiency of 29.15%

A team of researchers from Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) announced that they have set a new conversion efficiency record of 29.15% in a tandem solar cell made of perovskite and silicon ...
/ / Solar, Technology
Researchers Say 53 Million Hectares of Abandoned Land Could be Used for Solar Deployment

Researchers Say 53 Million Hectares of Abandoned Land Could be Used for Solar Deployment

Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) have estimated the potential for solar photovoltaic (PV) and bioenergy deployment on recently abandoned cropland across the globe. The researchers ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
Gold Miners Need to Cut Harmful Emissions by 80% by 2050 to Meet Paris Climate Goals

Gold Miners Need to Cut Harmful Emissions by 80% by 2050 to Meet Paris Climate Goals

Gold miners need to shift rapidly to renewable power generation sources to decarbonize the sector to be in line with the Paris Agreement's global warming target of 1.5°C, the World ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Germany Allocates Over 664 MW of Wind and Solar Projects in Auction

Germany Allocates Over 664 MW of Wind and Solar Projects in Auction

German Federal Network Agency Bundesnetzagentur has announced the auction results for solar and onshore wind projects. The agency received a total of 45 bids aggregating 264.15 MW of solar projects ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Daily News Wrap-Up_ Andhra Pradesh’s Rajahmundry Airport Gets a 1 MW Solar Project

Daily News Wrap-Up: Andhra Pradesh’s Rajahmundry Airport Gets a 1 MW Solar Project

Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world: Airports Authority of India (AAI) has inaugurated a 1 MW solar project at Rajahmundry airport in Rajamahendravaram, ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Asian Development Bank Approves $231 Million Loan for Hydropower Project in Assam

Asian Development Bank Approves $231 Million Loan for a Hydropower Project in Assam

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $231 million loan to develop the Lower Kopili Hydroelectric Power (LKHEP) facility in Assam. The Lower Kopili Hydroelectric Power facility will utilize ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Other
Daily News Wrap-Up_ Goa’s First Project with Decentralized clean energy Inaugurated

Daily News Wrap-Up: Goa’s First Project with Decentralized Clean Energy Inaugurated

Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world: Goa’s Minister for Power and New & Renewable Energy inaugurated the first pilot convergence project with a ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Daily News Wrap-Up_ Hartek Bags a 1.8 MW Rooftop Solar Project in Rajasthan from Bikaji

Daily News Wrap-Up: Hartek Bags a 1.8 MW Rooftop Solar Project in Rajasthan from Bikaji

Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world: Hartek Solar, the rooftop solar division of the Hartek Group, has bagged a 1.8 MW rooftop solar ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Where Does India’s Rooftop Solar Market Stand Since COVID-19 Lockdown_

Where Does India’s Rooftop Solar Market Stand Since COVID-19 Lockdown?

India's rooftop solar industry has started recovering steadily from the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the country returning to normalcy following the easing of lockdown restrictions in phases ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
An Additive That Could Enhance the Efficiency of Polymer Solar Cells

An Additive That Could Enhance the Efficiency of Polymer Solar Cells

A team of researchers from the Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics and Soochow University claimed that the introduction of diiodooctane (DIO) additives could enhance the efficiency of nano-scale ...
/ / Solar, Technology
$130 Million in Funding Goes to Projects Advancing Solar Technologies

$130 Million in Funding Goes to Projects Advancing Solar Technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that it would provide a $130 million funding for selected research projects to advance solar technologies. According to the agency, DOE will provide ...
/ / Solar, Technology
Daily News Wrap-Up_ Sungrow to Supply its Inverters for a 90 MW Solar Project in Germany

Daily News Wrap-Up: Sungrow to Supply its Inverters for a 90 MW Solar Project in Germany

Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world: Sungrow, a global inverter solution supplier for renewables, has secured a contract to supply inverters to Enerparc’s ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
The Netherlands Asked to Pay €659 Million for Not Imposing Duties on Solar Imports

The Netherlands Asked to Pay €659 Million for Not Imposing Duties on Solar Imports

The European Commission (EC) has asked the Netherlands to pay €659 million (~$798.6 million) to the European Union for not imposing anti-dumping and countervailing duties on solar panels imported from ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
ADB Approves $430 Million to Upgrade Uttar Pradesh’s Power Distribution Network

ADB Approves $430 Million to Upgrade Uttar Pradesh’s Power Distribution Network

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced that it approved a $430 million multi-tranche financing facility (MFF) to improve the reliability and quality of power supply in Uttar Pradesh. The funding ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Other
Daily News Wrap-up_ Sterling & Wilson Takes Over 200 MW Egypt Solar Project After Mahindra

Daily News Wrap-up: Sterling & Wilson Takes Over 200 MW Egypt Solar Project After Mahindra

Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world: ACWA Power, a Saudi Arabia-based independent power producer, has selected Sterling and Wilson to develop the 200 ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
IFC to Help Egyptian Farmers Switch to Solar Irrigation Systems

IFC to Help Egyptian Farmers Switch to Solar Irrigation Systems

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, announced that it has joined hands with the Agriculture Bank of Egpyt (ABE) to help Egyptian farmers access ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Gujarat-Based Solar Monitoring and Analytics Platform Prescinto Raises Seed Funding

Gujarat-Based Solar Monitoring and Analytics Platform Prescinto Raises Seed Funding

Solar monitoring and analytics platform Prescinto announced that it raised an undisclosed amount in seed funding from Venture Catalysts, an integrated incubator for startups. According to its press statement, angel ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Daily News Wrap-Up_ Array Technologies Signs Supply Deal for 1 GW of Solar Trackers

Daily News Wrap-Up: Array Technologies Signs Supply Deal for 1 GW of Solar Trackers

Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world: Array Technologies has entered into an agreement with RP Construction Services (RPCS) to supply 1 GW of ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
US-Based Solar Software Developer Aurora Raises $50 Million

US-Based Solar Software Developer Aurora Raises $50 Million

Aurora Solar, a U.S.-based solar software company, announced that it raised $50 million in Series B funding led by ICONIQ Capital. With this funding, the company has received over $70 ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
AIIB’s $100 Million Funding to Provide Loans to Small & Medium Renewable Companies

AIIB’s $100 Million Funding to Provide Loans to Small & Medium Renewable Companies

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) approved a $100 million funding for the ADM Capital Elkhorn Emerging Asia Renewable Energy Fund. The ADM Capital Elkhorn Emerging Asia Renewable Energy Fund ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Other
Germany’s Solar Installations up 12% With 421 MW of Solar Added in October 2020

Germany’s Solar Installations up 12% With 421 MW of Solar Added in October 2020

Germany added 421 MW of solar photovoltaic installations in October 2020, a 12% increase compared to 376 MW added in October 2019, according to the latest data from Federal Network ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Daily News Wrap-Up_ UK Adds 14.3 MW of Solar Capacity in October

Daily News Wrap-Up: UK Adds 14.3 MW of Solar Capacity in October

Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world: The United Kingdom added 14.3 MW of solar capacity in October 2020, according to the latest data ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy