30 heads of states to be part of so­lar al­liance launch

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - NATION HTNATION - Chetan Chauhan

PARIS: PM Naren­dra Modi will an­nounce an in­ter­na­tional so­lar al­liance — a strate­gic part­ner­ship be­tween sun-rich na­tions — on Mon­day in pres­ence of 30 heads of states, in­clud­ing French pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande, power min­is­ter Piyush Goyal said on Sun­day.

Speak­ing to HT, Goyal, who also holds the port­fo­lio of new and re­new­able en­ergy, said the al­liance will help coun­tries that get high so­lar ra­di­a­tion for over 300 days in a year to en­gage with “bet­ter ex­change of ideas” and to “bench­mark” best stan­dards.

“It is a plat­form for en­gage­ment that will take the world for­ward to­wards meet­ing the Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals and In­dia has taken a lead,” he said. “Many sun-rich coun­tries have not set up their so­lar en­ergy tar­gets like In­dia. The al­liance will help them fix tar­gets and work to­wards achiev­ing them.”

The al­liance is im­por­tant for In­dia as it could pro­vide steam to Modi’s Make In In­dia pro­gramme for re­new­able en­ergy. In­dia ex­pects for­eign in­vest­ment for set­ting up a so­lar man­u­fac­tur­ing base. The theme of the In­dian pavilion here is Make in In­dia, apart from em­pha­sis on wind and so­lar en­ergy.

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