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  • On 6th Dec 2017, came into legal, independent existenceINTERNATIONAL SOLAR ALLIANCE
  • Dec 6 – marked as Universal Energy Access Day.
  • First specialized intergovernmental body on solar energy expected to drive R&D on solar energy (from electricity generation to storage capacity).
  • First treaty-based international intergovernmental organization to be based out of India.
  • International Solar Alliance to be first international organization to be permanently headquartered in India
  • Will help India to achieve its target of installing 175 GW of renewable energy by 2022.

About International Solar Alliance

  • When: Launched by India and France in November 2015
  • Where: in Paris on the sidelines of the UN Climate Conference (COP-21).
  • Headquartered at: India, National Institute of Solar Energy, Gurugram, Haryana.
  • Purpose: solar power utilization in solar-rich countries lying fully or partially between the Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn.
  • Fund mobilization of Solar energy (Target of US$1Trillion by 2030), Technical Guidance

Countries under ISA

  • Expectation: to facilitate the addition of 1,000 GW of solar energy by 2030.
  • Members:
    • 58 countries have signed ISA Framework Agreement
    • 26 countries have ratified it as well
    • Prospective Member : 151
    • UN member countries located beyond the Tropics can join the ISA as “Partner Countries”.
  • Three programs launched by International Solar Alliance are
    • Scaling Solar Applications for Agriculture Use,
    • Affordable Finance a Scale, and
    • Scaling Solar Mini-Grids.

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