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.

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