First session of International Solar Alliance (ISA) starts in New Delhi

Highlights:

  • The first assembly session of ISA on October 2 in the presence of United Nations General Secretary António Guterres in New Delhi.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterated that International Solar Alliance (ISA) has the potential to play the role of OPEC (The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) in near future to meet energy requirements of the world.  
  • Indian government is looking to achieve a target of 40% of power generation from non-fossil fuel-based resources by 2030, as part of its efforts to cut its dependency on coal to meet its energy requirements.
  • At present, domestic firms are in the process to implement the government’s plan of commissioning at least 10,000 renewable energy-based micro- and mini-grid projects with a total capacity of 500 MW by 2022.
  • PM Modi invited all members of the United Nations to cooperate for solar energy conservation.
  • A total of 40 nations’ representatives were present in the assembly.
  • Further, Modi added that the government has an aim to add 50 gigawatt (GW) of renewable energy to the existing capacity.
  • Also, non-hydro renewables will contribute about 20% of the country’s total energy needs.
  • The event on also marked the inauguration of the second Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Renewable Energy Ministerial meeting, and the Second Global RE-Invest, Renewable Energy Investors’ Meet and Expo.
  • It aimed at speeding up efforts to increase renewable energy and connect the global investment community with Indian energy stakeholders.
  • The three-day 2nd Global RE-INVEST 2018 is set to be held from 3-5 October, 2018 and more than 600 global industry leaders, and 10,000 delegates will participate in the event.
  • It may be noted that the ISA, an alliance of 121 countries and most of them are sunshine countries, was launched jointly by PM Modi and Francois Hollande, then president of France, on November 30, 2015 in Paris.
  • Foundation stone for the ISA headquarters in Gurugram district was laid by Modi and Hollande in January 2016.