PM Modi launches International Solar Alliance
India launched an International Solar Alliance (ISA) at the CoP21 Climate Conference in Paris, with an announcement by PM Modi that the revolution in the field would bring power to all citizens, and create unlimited economic opportunity. The new body is to function from the National Institute of Solar Energy in India, Gurgaon. The Centre will provide land and $30 million to form a secretariat for the Alliance, and also support it for five years, the PM said at an event that was co-chaired with him by French President Francois Hollande.
Among tasks that the Alliance would pursue are, cooperation in training, building institutions, regulatory issues, common standards, and investment including joint ventures. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the UN would work closely with ISA and commended India’s success in adopting the technology, as witnessed in the solar projects in Gujarat. Power Minister Piyush Goyal presented the goals of the ISA contained in its resolution.