International Solar Alliance launched

13 March, 2018, 07:03 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
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These countries have "the paradox of being the sunniest in the world while enjoying the least solar energy", said Segolene Royal, a former French minister in India as a special envoy for the alliance. In India, the vedas for thousands of years, have considered the sun the soul of the world. "They made a decision to act and keep acting".

According to the organisation, out of 60 member countries; 30 have countries have signed and ratified the ISA Framework Agreement up to date.

"With the United States withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, there is a seat open at the head table of climate leadership and India is very well poised to take that seat". Referring to the Solar Mamas, a group of women solar engineers from developing countries particularly African countries who have been trained at the Barefoot College in Tilonia, Macron said, "our solar mamas didn't wait for us".

International Solar Alliance, he said, will bring member nations financing as well as share expertise between them.

The adoption of the Delhi Solar Agenda underpins the grouping's target of raising $1 trillion investments for creating 1,000 gw, or 1 terawatt, of solar power capacity by 2030. Besides 6 Vice-Presidents and Deputy Prime Ministers and 19 ministers as head of delegations attended the conference.

Speaking to reporters later, T S Tirumurti, secretary (economic relations), Ministry of External Affairs, said that the solar technology mission announced by Modi was a "path breaking initiative" with an worldwide focus to "take the lead internationally in solar energy development". "It is also about improving public procurement and to provide efficient policies", he said, urging nations to facilitate purchase and supply of electricity generated from solar energy.

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Hamid said the Bangladesh government has undertaken a number of programmes to enhance the use of renewable energy and has installed around five million home solar systems, serving around 20 million people and the government has initiated a programme to generate 500 megawatts of solar-based electricity for the national grid. "They didn't wait, and they didn't stop, because some countries chose to just leave the floor, and leave the Paris agreement".

Ahead of Sunday's conference, the European Investment Bank announced it was providing €1 billion as support for the International Solar Alliance.

One hundred and twenty-one countries, situated between the tropics, have signed on to the ISA.

The first summit of the alliance is being held in the President's palace in New Delhi and is co-chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron. This is also expected to further India's diplomatic influence by creating a platform for cooperation on wider development issues within ISA. Modi told the gathering that better and cheaper solar technology should be easily available to all nations and innovation should be encouraged so as to provide solutions to different needs. Renewable energy only contributes 18 per cent of India's energy demands.

India's government also is considering a 70 percent tariff on solar imports to protect India's solar manufacturers - something that is causing a lot of uncertainty as investors try to bring new solar projects into the country, Mr. Buckley said.


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