A three-page "Delhi Solar Agenda" issued at the end of the conference stated that the ISA reiterated its commitment to the 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development that calls for eradication of poverty in all its forms and dimensions and for transforming our world in which development and application of technology are climate-sensitive, respect biodiversity and are resilient.
On the sidelines of the International Solar Alliance, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that the focus of the meeting was on capacity building.
The International Solar Alliance held its foundation day conference on Sunday in New Delhi. The summit was also attended by the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and heads of states and dignitaries from other member countries.
He pointed out that the alliance aims to address the main challenges related to solar energy and will expand its use among the member states in accordance with their needs. "We shall therefore lift every single one of them", he said.
Progress in this regard is already underway as the ISA has already signed deals for nine projects, which will be deployed in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, India and Spain, with the help of eight companies - Vyonarc Development Ltd., Waree Engineers, Gensol Group, SOLARIG, Shakti Pump, Refex Energy, Amplus Solar, and Zodiac Energy. "We have to strengthen ISA Secretariat and make it professional". Established in India on May 10, 2015, as an editorially and financially independent entity, 'The Wire' is committed to promoting the values of democracy and journalism.
Bangladesh identified the project "Establishment of Solar based Base stations in hard to reach areas for strengthening Teletalk Network coverage" at an estimated cost of U.S. $ 30 million.
These countries have "the paradox of being the sunniest in the world while enjoying the least solar energy", said Ségolène Royal, a former French minister in India as a special envoy for the alliance. These solar projects are in Bangladesh, Mali, Seychelles, Tanzania, Mali, Rwanda, Nigeria, Ghana, Guinea.
The PPF will provide consultancy support on grant basis to requesting governments for project formulation.
A beaming Modi, the force behind the alliance which is the first multilateral treaty-based organisation to be headquartered in India, said that by 2022, India planned to generate 175 gigawatts of electricity through renewable sources, of which 100 gigawatts would be solar.
Speaking at the conference Modi invoked the Vedas to fight climate change. This is the way we will be able to achieve what ancient monks used to pray for when they said "Tamaso ma Jyatirgamaya" which means "From darkness, lead me to light".
"They (ISA member nations) started to act and to deliver complete results".
"Because they decided it was good for them, for their children, their grandchildren. That's why we are here in order to act very concretely".