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The International Solar Alliance (ISA)

news-details Image Source Apr 23, 2021 18:28 IST , Updated: Nov 14, 2021 08:28 IST · 2 min read

United States of America has become the 101st member country to join the International Solar Alliance (ISA).

India and France were re-elected as president and co-president of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) for a term of two years at its third assembly, OCT, 2020.

Four new vice-presidents were also chosen to represent the four regions of the ISA.

India's Power and New and Renewable Energy Minister R.K. Singh is the President of the ISA assembly.

The International Solar Alliance (ISA)

The International Solar Alliance (ISA) is an intergovernmental treaty-based organisation with a global mandate to catalyse solar growth by helping to reduce the cost of financing and technology.

It is an Indian initiative that was launched by the Prime Minister of India and the President of France on 30th November 2015 in Paris, France on the side-lines of the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP-21).

The framework agreement of the International Solar Alliance opened for signatures in Marrakech, Morocco in November 2016 , and 200 countries have joined.

Most of the members of the alliance are sunshine countries, which lie either completely or partly between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn.

Countries that do not fall within the Tropics can join the alliance and enjoy all benefits as other members, with the exception of voting rights.

The ISA is headquartered in Gurugram India and it's interim Secretariat is located at the National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE) in Gwal Pahari, Gurugram, India.

It is the second largest grouping of states after United Nations.

In the wake of the global pandemic, ISA set up ISA CARES, an initiative dedicated to deployment of solar energy in healthcare sector in LDC/SIDS ISA Member countries.

Diu has become nation's first ever renewable energy surplus Union Territory (UT) in just three years. Diu now runs 100 percent on solar power energy.

ISA is the nodal agency for implementing One Sun One World One Grid (OSOWOG), which seeks to transfer solar power generated in one region to feed the electricity demands of others.

Green Grids Initiative

India and the U.K. will launch a project that aims to create a solar grid connecting countries in different parts of the world at the upcoming U.N. climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland.

The project, known as the Green Grids Initiative, is being initiated by the International Solar Alliance (ISA), which was launched by India and France at the 2015 Paris climate conference to promote solar energy. T

The new project is based on the idea that the sun is always shining in some part of the world, and the project aims to create a global grid that will transfer the sun's power from one place to another.

The International Solar Alliance hoped to enter into an agreement with a new group called the Global Energy Alliance, which includes philanthropy organizations and multi-laterals like the World Bank, to create a $10 billion fund for the project.

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