As US touts coal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s sunshine club gets ambitious. Just weeks before it is recognized as a United Nations treaty organization, the International Solar Alliance announces a target to support setting up 1000GW of solar energy capacity by 2030 across its member countries.
This initiative by India to harness the untapped resource of sunshine-rich countries between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn was backed by the France, and was launched at the Paris climate talks in 2015. Sixteen countries have ratified the framework agreement of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) and it will come into force on December 6, when it will recognized as a UN treaty body.
The ambitious target that will help move countries, especially developing countries, on a low carbon energy path was announced on the day that the United States touted the value of coal as a energy source at an official programme organized by the US government at the UN-sponsored climate talks.
The bulk of the 121 countries that are located within the tropics are rich in solar resources despite which large sections of their populations have little or no access to energy. The Alliance aims to remedy this situation by offering cooperation for better technology diffusion, faster costs reductions, and sound policy lessons to partners of the coalition. Read More…
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