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India-France Launched International Solar Alliance
Dec 04, 2015

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande launched an International Solar Alliance (ISA) aimed at eventually bringing clean and affordable solar energy within the reach of all. The launch was coincided with a summit of world leaders at the start of two weeks of talks in Paris to seek a new global deal on curbing climate change, by shifting from fossil fuels towards renewable energy.

Salient Features

  • There are well over 100 solar-rich countries in the tropics that could be members of the ISA to develop clean and affordable solar energy.

  • The ISA will bring together governments and the private sector affordable clean energy to many of 1.3 billion people who are currently without access to power.

  • The ISA is aimed to bring solar energy into homes and villages by making it cheaper, more reliable and easier to connect to the grid. It would promote common regulatory standards and encourage joint ventures between governments and the private sector.

  • The U.S, China and Australia are among the 121 ISA members, which are mostly developing countries in Africa, Asia and South America.

  • These countries lie in the geographical zone between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn and have a large solar resource whose potential remains largely untapped.

  • These countries can potentially harness solar energy in a cost effective manner if a concerted effort is made to share experience from other similar countries.

  • Lack of access (to electricity) is particularly acute in rural areas of many countries where economic opportunities are few.

  • India will provide $US62 million to establish the ISA headquarters with membership fees and funds from international agencies, and calls on the private sector to mobilise more than 1,000 billion of investments needed by 2030 for the massive deployment of affordable solar energy.

The ISA aims to; develop innovative financial mechanisms to reduce the cost of capital for solar projects, formulate projects’ and programmes to promote solar applications such as lighting, heating, cooling, disinfection, pumping, refrigeration and telecommunications; establish collaborations for joint research, develop country specific technology centres, and build common knowledge e-portal.


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