Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
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Heads of 23 nations to attend International Solar Alliance Summit in Delhi

Heads of 23 nations to attend International Solar Alliance Summit in Delhi

Sri Lanka became a founding member of the International Solar Alliance on 12 February 2018.

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. The summit will be co-hosted by President Ram Nath Kovind and his French counterpart President Emmanuel Macron.

Under the agreement, both countries will work on projects in International Solar Alliance (ISA) member countries in the areas of solar energy (solar photovoltaic, storage technologies, etc.) through transfer of technology and collaborative activities.

When the International Solar Alliance was announced in 2015, 121 nations situated between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn and receiving 300 days of sunlight were deemed eligible for membership.

According to Naidu, the International Solar Alliance "is planning to get all the multilateral development banks to support the cause of the International Solar Alliance".

"Besides 23 heads of states senior country representatives including deputy prime ministers and energy ministries have confirmed their participation so far in the day lone Ist ISA Summit on March 11, 2018", an official said.

"Over 61 countries have joined the ISA and will participate at the Founding Conference of ISA in New Delhi tomorrow", Bhattacharyya said.

Other than France, countries like Australia, UAE, Niger, Gabon, Seychelles, Ghana, Rwanda, Fiji, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will be a part of the summit, as well.

Declarations on Saturday in New Delhi with the International Solar Alliance (ISA), the African Development Bank (AfDb), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the Green climate fund (GCF), and the New Development Bank (NDB). International Solar Alliance was jointly launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the then French President Francois Hollande on 30th November 2015 on the sidelines of the Paris climate change summit.

"The leaders underlined their commitment to furthering and deepening concrete projects and programmes under the aegis of the ISA to mobilise affordable financing for massive solar energy deployment", the joint statement said.

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