NDB, ISA tie up, inks joint declaration to promote solar energy
Mar 13, 2018, 06:59
The organisation is also working on other projects, such as the one to promote the use of solar pumps in farms, replacing diesel ones, or the one to procure financing for member countries, or those to promote the use of mini-grids. They kept on moving "because they decided it's good for them, their children and grandchildren".
Indian "vedas" have since thousands of years considered sun as at soul of the universe and a nourisher of life. "They chose to act and keep acting".
As many as 60 nations have signed the agreement to join ISA, while 30 have already ratified the agreement and made it possible to make it a legal entity in December a year ago.
Macron took a dig at the US President Donald Trump's announcement past year of his country's withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement on the alleged grounds that it favours India and China.
Referring to a group of rural women solar engineers "solar mamas" who had performed earlier, Macron said: "Our solar mamas, we just listened to, didn't wait for us".
Officials and experts are hoping that the ISA summit will give the required political push for the implementation of respective solar roadmaps to deploy solar energy in member countries.
Earlier, 61 countries signed and 32 ratified the ISA Framework Agreement which is a reflection of common desire to significantly augment harnessing of solar energy, make joint efforts towards development and mobilize investment in the solar sector.
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.
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Speaking to reporters later, T S Tirumurti, secretary (economic relations), Ministry of External Affairs, said that the solar technology mission announced by Modi was a "path breaking initiative" with an global focus to "take the lead internationally in solar energy development". This comes even as India chases the world's largest renewable programme, targeting 175 gigawatts (GW, or 1,000 megawatts) of renewable power by 2022 against its current capacity of around 60 GW.
He also added that an encouragement to innovation is necessary so that solar solutions can be provided to various needs. "Of this, we have already met a target of 20 GW of installed solar power".
"Solar power is part of the answer to climate change". "They didn't wait and they didn't stop because some countries decided just to leave the floor and leave the Paris agreement", he continued".
"We have set up a project preparation facility consultancy support to partner countries in designing bankable projects". Countries that do not fall within the Tropics can join the ISA and enjoy all benefits as other members, with the exception of voting rights.
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