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ISA- International Solar Alliance- Importance in Today's World

International Solar Alliance (ISA) was jointly launched by India and France in November 2015 at Paris on sidelines of COP21 UN Climate Change Conference. The framework Agreement came into force in December 2017. 

The headquarter is at a campus of National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE), Gurugram, Haryana, making it first international intergovernmental treaty-based organization to be headquartered in India.
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ISA is action- an oriented organization that aims brings together countries with rich solar potential to aggregate global demand, thereby reducing prices through bulk purchase, facilitating deployment at existing solar technologies at scale and promoting collaborative solar R&D and capacity building.

The objective of ISA-
1.      Undertake point efforts required to reduce the cost of finance and the cost of technology.
2.       Mobilize more than US 1000$ billion investments needed by 2030 for massive deployment of solar energy.
3.      Pay way for future technologies adapted to needs of solar rich 121 countries lying fully or partially between tropic of cancer and Capricorn.
Initiatives and Partnership-The alliance has partnered with World Bank to launch Global Solar Atlas at an ISA event at the world future summit in Abu Dhabi.

Future Targets
India, with the support of France, has invited nations to facilitate infrastructure for implementation of solar projects. The alliance has committed 1$ trillion as an investment and it is committed to reducing the costs of solar power so that the technology could be more affordable for remote and inaccessible communities.
The alliance endorsed India in achieving its goal of generating 100GW of solar energy and 175GW of renewable energy by 2022. The countries shall support each other in research and development as well as other high-level activities.
It is also as an alliance by the developing countries to form a united front and to undertake research and development for making solar power equipment within developing countries.

Indian government’s move on ISA
Indian government approves the opening of International Solar Alliance membership to all countries that are a member of the United Nations. It will put solar energy in global agenda with universal appeal for developing and deploying solar energy. It will make ISA inclusive, whereby all member countries of UN could become a member. Thus, expanding membership will lead to ISA initiative benefitting the world at large.
There are several ISA’s programs which have been started by the government of India like- scaling solar mini Grids; affordable finance at scale, scaling solar applications for agriculture use, scaling solar rooftop catering to the needs of solar energy in specific areas. Other member countries have also started installing solar panels to get clean energy.
The Indian government has begun to acknowledge the importance of solar energy for the country’s economic growth. It will contribute to make India greener and less polluted as it will help to decrease greenhouse gas emission as the climate conditions are turning severe. Solar energy will also help in transforming rural India. But the country has a long way to go to reach its goal of increasing solar-power generation; there are still thousands of villages with plenty of suns but not enough power across India.