The International Solar Alliance (ISA) is a treaty based intergovernmental international organisation aims to bring together all 121 countries lying fully or partially between the tropic of Cancer and the tropic of Capricorn, with sunshine levels that will theoretically allow for the lowest solar power prices.
ISA was launched at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris on 30th November, 2015 by Mr. Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India and Mr. François Hollande former President of France, in the presence of H.E. Mr. Ban Ki Moon, the then Secretary General of the United Nations.
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Vision and mission of the International Solar Alliance is to provide a dedicated platform for cooperation among solar resource rich countries where the global community, including bilateral and multilateral organizations, corporates, industry, and other stakeholders, can make a positive contribution to assist and help achieve the common goals of increasing the use of solar energy in meeting energy needs of prospective ISA member countries in a safe, convenient, affordable, equitable and sustainable manner
The ISA Framework Agreement was opened for signature during the CoP-22 at Marrakesh on 15th November, 2016. So far 79 countries have signed the ISA Framework Agreement out of which 57 countries have ratified the Framework Agreement. Saint Vincent and Grenadines became the 79th country to join the International Solar Alliance (ISA)
The Paris Declaration was issued on 30th November, 2015 at the time of launching of International Solar Alliance. It inter alia states that the prospective member countries share the collective ambition to undertake innovative and concerted efforts for reducing the cost of finance and cost of technology for immediate deployment of competitive solar generation. It further aims to formulate financial instruments to effectively mobilize more than US$1000 billion dollars in investments that will be required by 2030 for the massive deployment of affordable solar energy and pave the way for future solar generation, storage and good technologies for each prospective member country’s individual needs.
The headquarters and interim Secretariat of the ISA is at National Institute of Solar Energy campus, Gurugram, Haryana
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