20 nations to be at Solar Alliance meeting today

20 nations to be at Solar Alliance meeting today

The ISA is conceived as a coalition of solar resource-rich countries to address their special energy needs and provide a platform to collaborate on dealing with the identified gaps through a common, agreed approach.

Prior to his visit to Japan, at the joint invitation of Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and French President Emanuel Macron, President Sirisena will undertake an official visit to India from 10-11 March 2018 to participate at the First Conference of the International Solar Alliance Founding Members, which will be convened on 11th of March, in New Delhi.

The idea of International Solar Alliance mooted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi began taking shape with its launch at French capital Paris on 30th November 2015.

President Ram Nath Kovind will host the welcome ceremony for the International Solar Alliance at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Saturday evening. "Increasingly, the International Solar Alliance is appealing to these development banks if they could set aside a particular percentage of their loan portfolio to fund renewable energy projects worldwide".

On Sunday, Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron will co-chair the founding conference of the India-initiated ISA which was launched by Modi and then French President Francois Hollande during the Paris climate summit in 2015.

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The ISA, the brainchild of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is a treaty-based global body for promotion of solar energy in alliance with 121 countries, which are fully or partially between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.

The summit will deliberate on finance mechanism for the promotion of solar energy, crowd-funding and technology transfer. Leaders from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Seychelles, Ghana, Australia, Venezuela, Fiji and Mauritius are arriving to attend the conference. Among the countries that have requested India for projects are Tanzania, Togo, Benin, Congo, Chad and Seychelles.

India and France also signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE), under the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, and the National Solar Energy Institute (INES) in France.

The Summit will also result in the signing of a "New Delhi Declaration", which will prioritise solar energy and, thereby, ensuring "power for all". He highlighted that solar energy was the future.

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