PM Modi Lays Down 10 Actions Points At The Founding Conference of the International Solar Alliance

| March 11 , 2018 , 13:23 IST

The Founding Conference of the International Solar Alliance kick started in New Delhi today with the heads of two dozen member nations attending the conference which is being jointly chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron. 

Speaking at the conference Modi invoked the Vedas to fight climate change. He said, “Vedas consider the Sun as the soul of the world, it has been considered as a life nurturer. Today, for combating climate change, we need to look at this ancient idea to find a way.”

Modi said that India has begun World’s biggest renewable energy expansion programme and pledged to generate 175 gigawatts (GW) of electricity in India from renewable energy sources by 2022.

“We have already achieved 20GW installed solar power target,” he added.

He also presented his 10 points action plan at the conference.

  1. Ensure that better and cheap solar energy technology is easily accessible to all.

  2. Need to increase the proportion of solar in our energy mix.

  3. Need to encourage innovation to get solar solutions for various needs.

  4. Provide concessional financing and less-risky finance for solar projects.

  5. Develop regulatory aspects and standards to give pace to the embrace of solar solutions and their development.

  6. Develop consultancy support for bankable solar projects in developing nations.

  7. Our efforts should have more focus on inclusiveness and partnerships.

  8. A comprehensive network of centres of excellence needs to be developed.

  9. The development of our solar energy policy has to be holistically seen so that it aids us in achieving the SDGs.

  10. We have to make ISA Secretariat more powerful and professional


“I am confident that we will be able to bring unity and solidarity in the objectives and efforts after coming out of personal silos, like a family, if we want to serve humanity.” The PM said.

The prime minister concluded his address by quoting the Shanthi Mantra from The Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, "Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya", which means "From darkness, lead me to light".

French President Macron in his address said, “With Prime Minister Modi we are committed and we have same obsession-creating momentum, inspiring people and gathering them to deliver results. But we're obsessed by concrete results, so now we are creating new momentum; we take new commitment to deliver complete results for our countries and planet.”

Ahead of the conference, he tweeted, “We have not come from all the continents to deliver speeches that will soon be forgotten. We came to put the topics on the table and to provide access of solar energy to the world.”

UN Environment chief Erik Solheim called the conference a milestone in the fight against pollution and climate change and congratulated India and France. He is also attending the conference.

The International Solar Alliance was formed on the sidelines of COP21, the Paris Climate Accord in 2015 and was jointly floated by PM Modi and the then French President Francois Hollande. 60 nations have signed the ISA Framework agreement and 31 have signed and ratified the agreement.

Heads and representatives of 58 nations are attending the founding conference.

Delivering the welcome remark, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said, “ISA is not only a testament to India's unwavering faith in multilateralism but also a commitment on all of our parts to a better, sustainable and greener future.”