The Sixth Assembly of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) will be held from Oct. 30 -Nov. 2 in New Delhi, India, to expedite the widespread adoption of solar power in ISA member countries.
The Assembly will be presided over by R.K. Singh, minister for power, new and renewable energy, government of India, and the President of the ISA Assembly. It will see the participation of ministers, missions, and delegates from 116 member and signatory countries, along with prospective countries, partner organisations, private sector, and other stakeholders.
The International Solar Alliance is an international organization that works with governments to improve energy access and security in its member countries while mitigating climate change by promoting solar power. It aims to mobilize $1 trillion of investments in solar energy solutions by 2030, installing 1,000 GW of solar energy capacity and delivering energy access to 1,000 million people. It promotes the use of solar energy in the agriculture, health, transport, and power generation sectors.
The Assembly is the apex decision-making body of ISA, representing each member country. The sixth Assembly of the ISA will focus on universalization of energy access through solar mini-grids, mobilizing finance for accelerated solar deployment, and diversifying supply chains and manufacturing for solar.
Speaking at the curtain raiser event of the Sixth Assembly, R.K. Singh, minister for power, new and renewable energy, government of India, and the president of the ISA Assembly, said, “The International Solar Alliance (ISA) is steadfast in its commitment to member countries, providing extensive programmatic support, capacity-building initiatives, insightful analytics, and robust regulatory understanding. Our vision is to foster environments conducive to attracting investments and ensuring ample energy availability to meet the surging global demands.”
“This year, in our capacity during the G20 Presidency, ISA has been advocating for decentralized solutions, promoting green hydrogen, and advocating for the diversification of supply chains.”
The International Solar Alliance has a seminal role in energy transition as it focuses only on renewables and solar. “India’s experience in [RE capacity addition] has been substantial. The growth rate of renewable energy capacity in our country has been among the highest in the world. We find that among the various renewables, solar energy has the edge. It is much more reliable, more dependable, and available for more months in a year,” Singh added.
Dr Ajay Mathur, Director General of the International Solar Alliance, said, “Solar energy will play a pivotal role in achieving the target of the tripling of renewable capacity by 2030 that the COP28 Presidency has emphasized. To accomplish this, a substantial increase in clean energy investment, tripling current levels by 2030, is imperative.”
“Encouragingly, investment in clean energy has seen a commendable 12% annual growth rate since 2020, driven largely by solar and wind power projects. However, this surge in investment is primarily concentrated in a handful of countries, leaving many developing economies, particularly in Africa. Emerging economies receive only a fraction of the resources needed to meet their energy requirements sustainably. By collaborating with international financial organizations, development institutions, and national governments, investment and financial support can be enhanced…Through its endeavors, culminating in the annual Assembly, the ISA has demonstrated that partnerships and coalitions are indispensable for addressing the climate challenge.”
The ISA Assembly meets annually at the ministerial level to assess the aggregate effect of the programs and other activities in terms of deployment of solar energy, performance, reliability, cost, and scale of finance. The Republic of India holds the office of the President of the ISA Assembly, with the Government of the French Republic as the co-president.
Bhupinder Singh Bhalla (IAS), Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India, said, “The International Solar Alliance’s objective is to facilitate energy transition at the global level, energy security at the national level, and energy access at the local level…ISA is well suited to bring these changes in its member countries through various policies and programs.”
The ISA Secretariat has planned a high-level conference on new technologies for clean energy transition in collaboration with the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, the Government of India, the Asian Development Bank, and the International Solar Energy Society on November 1, 2023. The conference will focus on various issues concerning climate change and solar energy deployment.
ISA will also release its three flagship reports, providing updates on solar technology, the solar market, and solar investments.
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