PM Narendra Modi Calls For Concessional, Less-Risky Financing For Solar Projects

The ISA’s five solar programs

The ISA’s five solar programs

The interim secretariat of the ISA is in the campus of National Institute of Solar Energy in Gwalpahari, Haryana.

The fund will be used to insure solar power projects against risks such as default in payment by electricity procurers, foreign exchange fluctuations and regime change. It was followed by the first summit of the Alliance. "Depending on the countries, 20-50% of population does not have access to electricity", he said, pointing to the pent-up demand.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the chief architect of the ISA that he launched with then French President Francois Hollande in Paris in November 2015 during a convention on climate change.

The ISA, and the new cooperation pact, are two examples of how France and India's governments are positioning their countries as leaders in the global fight against climate change.

It acknowledged "the importance of access by women and youth to advance knowledge and solar energy technologies, especially in poorer communities, rural and remote areas".

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To promote solar power, Modi also outlined 10 action points including increasing solar power in the energy mix, ensuring availability of better and cheaper solar power for all, concessional financing for solar projects, and creating a network of centres of excellence.

"With the USA withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, there is a seat open at the head table of climate leadership and India is very well poised to take that seat".

They have also chose to leverage and emphasise the key characteristics and strengths of solar energy in their national energy plans and strategies and to assist through the implementation of solar strategies.

Expressing his vast happiness and lauding the efforts of Solar Mamas, he said, "Our solar mamas did not wait for us". They started to act and to deliver concrete results. But, they are yet to sign the agreement.

Without taking US President Donald Trump's name, Macron said that while some left the climate deal, others stayed because they wish good for their children and grandchildren.

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Adding to this External Affairs Secretary (Economic Relations) T S Tirumurthi said, "All of them (US and China) have taken part very actively in the steering committee proceedings".

India plus France together have initially created this Environment Event inside Paris, around 2015.

It is open to all 121 prospective member countries falling between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. So far 61 countries have signed the treaty and 32 have ratified it. This comes even as India chases the world's largest renewable programme, targeting 175 gigawatts (GW, or 1,000 megawatts) of renewable power by 2022 against its current capacity of around 60 GW.

They committed that they would explore innovative financing mechanisms that can generate a sustainable market for the deployment of cost effective solar technologies, coupled with constructive policy initiatives to catalyse public and private investments to reduce the cost of solar projects in developing countries.

Tirumurti said the ISA was attended by 21 heads of states and heads of government, several top ministers and bureaucrats, apart from participants from multilateral banks, and the United Nations.

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