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India and France were re-elected as chairman and co-chairman of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) for a two-year term on Wednesday at the virtual meeting of the Third Assembly. The event brought together 34 ISA member ministers. A total of 53 member countries and 5 signatory and potential member countries participated in the assembly.Four new vice-presidents were also chosen to represent the four regions of the ISA. The representatives of Fiji and Nauru for the Asia-Pacific region; Mauritius and Niger for the Africa region; United Kingdom and Netherlands for Europe and Others region, and Cuba and Guyana for Latin America and Caribbean region served as vice-chairmen.

The Assembly also endorsed the initiatives of the ISA Secretariat to institutionalize ISA engagement with private and public business sector through the Coalition for Sustainable Climate Action (CSCA). Ten public sector organizations in India presented a check for USD 1 million each to the assembly.

Speaking in plenary, ISA Assembly Speaker Indian Minister of Energy and New and Renewable Energies RK Singh appreciated Alliance members who have come together to fight the climate change. He welcomed the seventh initiative on heating and air conditioning which was due to be presented for discussion at the Third Assembly.

Singh said solar energy has come a long way in the past 5 years and is now the fastest growing energy source in the world. He said: “Solar energy already contributes around 2.8% of the world’s electricity, and if the trends continue, by 2030 solar will become a most important source of energy for the production of electricity. ‘electricity in much of the world. ”

The ISA President also referred to various activities and programs launched by the ISA since the 2nd Assembly. He said six programs and two projects are currently underway, covering various aspects of solar energy. A robust pipeline of more than five billion USD has been developed for solar energy applications to meet the lighting, irrigation, drinking water and production energy needs of ISA member countries , which have so far been largely deprived of modern energy services.

ISA has accumulated demand for over 270,000 solar pumps in 22 countries, over 1 GW of solar rooftop in 11 countries and over 10 GW of solar mini-grids in 9 countries under its respective programs. Recently, ISA launched demand segregation programs for 47 million home power systems that will not only meet the livelihood energy needs of rural households, but also help improve health services and water availability. drinkable.

Assembly Co-President Barbara Pompili, French Minister for the Ecological Transition, stressed that ISA played a key role in helping to redirect funding towards renewable energies, especially in developing countries, and meet the challenge of energy at the service of all. She reiterated the involvement of France: recalling that of the 1.5 billion euros in funding from France committed for solar projects in ISA member states until 2022, 1.15 billion euros have been committed to concrete projects.

France has also supported collaboration with the World Bank to mobilize financing: a “Sustainable Renewables Risk Mitigation Initiative” (SRMI) mechanism should make it possible to mobilize 18 billion euros of private investments to finance more than 10 gigawatts of solar projects , and a first project is launched in Mozambique with the support of France and the European Union. She also announced that, as part of the ISA Star-C program, the French National Institute of Solar Energy (INES) will very soon launch a specific program for small island states in the Pacific.

COP26 President Alok Sharma reiterated the UK’s commitment to tackle climate change. The UK planned to phase out coal over the next five years and reduce all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. The COP26 president discussed 5 key priorities: adaptation and resilience, nature, energy transition, acceleration of the transition to a zero carbon road transport and finance.

He invited all Members to attend the global climate summit on December 12 to mark the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement. Alok Sharma highlighted the UK’s three commitments to the ISA: providing a platform for the Alliance during COP26; support a feasibility study on the establishment of a World Solar Bank; and assist the ISA Secretariat in the implementation of the One Sun One World One Grid initiative by providing human and financial resources.

For the first time since the start of the ISA Framework Agreement, solar prizes were awarded to countries in the region as well as to institutions working for solar energy. The assembly attended the awarding of the Visvesvaraya Prize which recognizes countries with maximum floating solar capacity in each of the four ISA regions. The prizes were awarded to Japan for the Asia-Pacific region and the Netherlands for the Europe region and others.

Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar announced the Kalpana Chawla Awards named after the American astronaut of Indian origin, to Bhim Singh of IIT Delhi (India) and Aaesha Alnuaimi of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority ( United Arab Emirates The awards recognize the outstanding contribution of scientists and engineers working in the field of solar energy.

Karnataka’s Additional Chief Secretary Mahendra Jain announced the awards bearing the name of Bharat Ratna M Visvesvaraya to country representatives from Japan for the Asia and Pacific region and the Kingdom of the Netherlands for Europe and another region . The prize includes an amount of $ 12,330 in the form of cash prize, parchment and certificate.

The Diwakar Prize instituted by the ISA on the contribution of the Indian Minister of Railways, Trade and Industry, Piyush Goyal of 25,000 USD which he received from the University of Pennsylvania, has been awarded to Arpan Institute (Haryana) and Arushi Society. The award recognizes organizations and institutions that work for the benefit of people with disabilities and that have maximized the use of solar energy in the host country.

The ISA assembly presented the report prepared by the World Resources Institute (WRI). The report identifies funding sources, opportunities and constraints, in increasing solar investments and ISA’s contribution to assist member countries. The assembly welcomed the ISA’s decision to work with WRI to develop a roadmap for mobilizing $ 1 trillion by 2030.

The Netherlands, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Bloomberg New Energy Finance and Climate Works Foundation are providing the financial and technical assistance needed to prepare the roadmap. The roadmap will also analyze the potential for mobilizing additional investments in solar energy going beyond solar energy projects to solar energy applications in transport, cooling and heating and for the implementation. work of the One Sun, One World, One Grid vision.

In the aftermath of the global pandemic, ISA responded by creating ISA CARES, an initiative dedicated to the deployment of solar energy in the health sector in ISA PMA / SIDS member countries. The initiative aims to solarize a primary health sector in each district of the target member countries. Australia has provided AUD 92,000 for the ISA CARES initiative in the Pacific to provide reliable and continuous solar power to health centers in the Pacific, helping remote island communities reduce their dependence on expensive diesel fuel imports and uncertain.

Recognizing that there is an increasing demand globally for cooling and heating services, the ISA Secretariat has initiated a seventh program on Solarization of Heating and Cooling Systems, which draws its energy significantly from traditional energy sources. The demand for cooling alone exceeded the deployment of solar power in 2017. Heating and cooling systems have the ability to convert solar radiation directly and at higher efficiency levels.

Other initiatives presented to the Assembly were the demand aggregation initiative for 47 million solar home systems and 250 million LED lamps in ISA member countries launched in August 2020.

Technical assistance from the ASACR Development Fund of USD 0.5 million to five potential members and ISA member countries – It is proposed that the technical assistance be implemented jointly with the Asian Development Bank.

Technical assistance from the USD 2 million IBSA facility for the deployment of solar water pumping system demonstration projects in ISA member countries, in partnership with UNDP, under the solar pump program of the ‘ISA.

ISA membership has continued to grow since the Second Assembly in 2019. ISA is now proudly supported by 68 member countries, with 20 more countries in the process of becoming members.

ISA recently signed a tripartite agreement with the World Bank and the Government of India and is now actively involved in preparing a vision and implementation plan for One Sun One World One Grid Initiative to harness the power of interconnected networks to enable the energy transition to a low-carbon world.

In 2020, the ISA Secretariat focused on operationalizing the ISA Solar Technology and Application Resource Center (ISA STAR C) network, in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) for this. to do. Since the Second Assembly, ISA has started the operationalization of the STAR C project, including working closely with UNIDO to develop the operational framework and project document underpinning this project; Convening of a consultation workshop on the development of the ISA STAR-C project in Paris from February 25 to 27, 2020, generously hosted by the French Government; Expand the program and launch the STAR C webinars (the Solinars) to support the capacity development of ISA members during COVID-19 – reaching around 450 people to date – with more sessions planned.

ISA is an initiative launched by the Prime Minister and President of France on November 30, 2015 in Paris, France, on the sidelines of COP-21. The overarching goal of the ISA is to collectively address the major challenges common to solar power expansion in ISA member countries. It also aims to undertake the necessary joint efforts to reduce the cost of finance and the cost of technology, mobilize the necessary investments for a massive deployment of solar energy and pave the way for future technologies adapted to the needs.

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ISA was positioned to help create the conditions that would make the financing, development and deployment of large-scale solar applications a reality. ISA is seen as a key organization working to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change. The first ISA assembly was held from October 2-5, 2018 in Greater Noida and was opened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UN Secretary General António Guterres.

The second ISA assembly was held from October 30 to November 1, 2019 in New Delhi. 78 countries participated in this Assembly. The third ISA Assembly will be held from October 14-16, 2020 in virtual mode.

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