The primary objectives of ISA are to promote solar technologies, and investment in both the sector and associated programs.
As a first step, the association believes setting up demonstration projects in key government buildings will help stakeholders – including policymakers, utilities and the general population – realize the benefits of PV rooftop projects, and encourage them to develop solar roadmaps.
It intends to install PV plants on the office and residency buildings of the Heads of State and Government, the Chiefs of Judiciary, and the Heads of Legislature within the ratified member countries.
The projects will be developed under the RESCO model, with plant capacity not exceeding one MW in each member nation. At present, 19 countries have ratified the ISA framework agreement.
Under Renewable Energy Service Company (RESCO) model, consumers can install a solar PV power plants at no upfront cost. A PPA is signed between installers and consumers at a mutual price (tariff). The tariff offered by investors is typically lower than the grid tariff.
Consumers can also receive rent for subletting their roofs for PV plants, and choose whether to use the generated electricity. The main advantage for the consumer under this model is it requires no investment, while RESCO takes care of installation and maintenance.
Project proposals are due on January 15, 2018. They should demonstrate the capability of the organization, and previous experience in similar projects.
ISA, which is headquartered in India, became a legal body last December 6. An inauguration ceremony for the association has been planned for March 11.