30 heads of states to be part of solar alliance launch
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.