Global Solar Alliance Puts India Firmly in Driver’S Seat (Download PDF)


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India found its rightful place under Prime Minister’s brainchild, the International Solar Alliance (ISA), which formally kicked off with 62 member-countries. The alliance started with adoption of the ‘Delhi Solar Agenda’ seeking.

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  • To raise the share of solar power in their energy basket with a view to mitigating climate change

  • To provide clean, affordable electricity to the underprivileged.

Key Facts

  • PM of India and French President Emmanuel Macron co-chaired the ISA founding conference in the presence of heads of state of 23 countries and ministerial representatives from 10 other nations.

  • India co-chairing the summit indicates an acceptance of India’s leadership role in the global fight against climate change.

  • The choice of Delhi as the venue for holding the ISA founding conference reinforces India’s pole position built on the Modi government’s plan to create 175 GW (giga watt) renewable energy capacity by 2022.

What is ISA?

  • ISA is the world’s single-largest renewable energy programme.

  • ISA will be headquartered in Gurgaon in Delhi’s suburbs, the first time that an international treaty body will have its secretariat in India.

  • The idea of forming an alliance of countries between the tropics - which enjoy an abundance of sunshine that can be harnessed for producing clean and affordable power - was mooted by Modi in 2015, months before the Paris climate summit in November as TOI first reported on September 3, 2015.

  • Since bulk of the ISA members are from Africa, India decided to use about $2 billion of the $10 billion line of credit promised to African countries for renewable energy projects in those countries. This is also expected to further India’s diplomatic influence by creating a platform for cooperation on wider development issues within ISA

  • 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.

History of ISA

  • The grouping was proposed to be called International Agency for Solar Policy & Application.

  • The idea was to create a common market for green energy through shared values, experiences and resources.

  • France joined as co-promoter, with then French President Francois Hollande joining Modi to launch the grouping under the ISA tag at the Paris climate summit.

  • Some 32 countries have ratified the ISA framework agreement, while 30 others have joined the grouping, which provides the Modi government an opportunity for deepening diplomatic engagement with a range of countries on crucial development issues.

  • 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.

  • A 10-point plan was presented which included making affordable solar technology available to all nations, raising the share of solar power in the energy mix and framing regulations and standards to support the initiative.

- Published/Last Modified on: August 9, 2018

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