New Delhi, Dec 3: International Solar Alliance (ISA) will become a treaty-based international intergovernmental organisation or a legal entity on December 6, 2017. The ISA was jointly launched, on November 30, 2015, by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the then-French President Francois Hollande on the side lines of the UNFCCC Conference of Parties 21 (CoP21) in Paris. The ISA is a treaty-based alliance of 121 prospective solar-rich member nations situated fully or partially between the tropics, and it aims at accelerating development and deployment of solar energy globally. “The ISA will become a treaty-based international intergovernmental organisation on December 6, 2017,” Power and New & Renewable Energy Minister R K Singh said.
Singh said, “It will be a major international body headquartered in India. As many as 45 countries had already signed the ISA treaty and 15 have ratified it till November 30, 2017, and many more are set to join”. The minister was of the view that the ISA is important for the country’s strategic autonomy and energy security in view of India’s dependence on imports of fossil fuels.
The ISA has been conceived as an action-oriented organisation. It brings together countries with rich solar potential to aggregate demand for solar energy globally, thereby reducing prices, facilitating the deployment of existing solar technologies at scale, promoting collaborative solar R&D and capacity and achieving universal energy access and energy security of the present and future generations.