Laying focus on solar power, ISA members pledge to create more jobs

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Shaker pointed out that Egypt's accession to the ISA enables it to benefit from its support to its members with the necessary expertise, especially as it seeks to address the challenges of solar energy in these countries. "Because they (ISA nations) decided it is good for them, their children, and grandchildren, they chose to act and keep acting". While addressing worldwide delegates, PM Modi said "Veda's consider the sun as the soul of the world; it has been considered as a life nurturer. They made a decision to act and keep acting", he said.

After subsequent ratification by nearly 30 countries (15 was the minimum number required for it to gain a legal status) and with 61 countries having signed the framework agreement, it became a legal entity.

And "especially with the USA leaving the Paris agreement, there's a perceived void that some country needs to fill - and the International Solar Alliance is a clever way of signaling climate leadership", Chawla said.

ISA, headquartered in Gurugram near New Delhi, is now a treaty-based intergovernmental organization that was established following the Paris Declaration as an alliance dedicated to the promotion of solar energy among its member countries.

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 global focus to "take the lead internationally in solar energy development". In addition, the forum is expected to spur innovation in the renewable energy space, and help make India a technological hub in the sector and not just remain a re-exporter of Chinese photovoltaic cells.

To promote solar power, Modi also outlined 10 action points including increasing solar power in the energy mix, ensuring availability of better and cheaper solar power for all, concessional financing for solar projects, and creating a network of centres of excellence. "Of the target for solar energy generation, we have already achieved 20 GW installed solar power", he said.

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He said the aim of the Atal Jyoti Yojana was to install street lights based on solar energy in areas faced with the problem of inadequate electricity. He also mentioned that his country will commit €1 billion to the alliance, through the French Development Agency. "With this we will generate 175 gw of energy by 2022 out of which 100 gw will be by Solar Power", PM Modi said.

On Sunday, both India and France took additional steps to further their ambitions of mitigating the effects of global warming at the Founding Conference of the International Solar Alliance, reported The Hindu.

ISA was conceptualised to deploy large-scale solar power (1000 GW by 2030) in 121 sunshine-rich countries that lie between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday asserted that the just launched International Solar Alliance was actually a "reflection" of the vision and the firm belief that the blessings of Sun and the energy emanated from it can be used to bring the global community on a united platform.

President Hamid said Bangladesh strongly believes that the development of renewable energy is necessary for developing countries.


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