Let’s work together to make the sun brighter! Upendra Tripathy, Interim Director General of The International Solar Alliance (ISA)
Today we present our exclusive talk to Upendra Tripathy, Interim Director General of The International Solar Alliance (ISA) about the official launch of the organization to be held on December 9th in New Delhi but also about the role of cooperation between the governments and industry leaders.
Motto of the Alliance is: Let’s work together to make the sun brighter! and Mr. Tripathy invites all the corporations around the globe to work hand in hand with the Governments in order to make our common solar dream come true.
The International Solar Alliance is a treaty based international inter-governmental alliance of 121 solar resource rich countries lying fully or partially between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. Any country meeting the above criterion and also being a United Nations Member can become a Member of ISA. The International Solar Alliance (ISA) was launched on 30th November, 2015 as a coalition of the solar resource rich countries by Mr.Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India and Mr.François Hollande, Hon’ble President of France in the presence of Mr. Ban Ki Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations on the first day of the Conference of Parties (CoP) 21 to the United Nation’s Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at Paris. The Paris Declaration establishing ISA calls ISA an alliance dedicated to the promotion of solar energy among its member countries. Major objective of ISA is deployment of over 1000 GW of solar energy and mobilization of more than US $ 1000 billion of investment into the solar energy. ISA is headquartered at Gurugram, Haryana, in India. Mr. Upendra Tripathy heads the ISA Interim Secretariat in the capacity of the Interim Director General of ISA.
The Paris declaration establishing ISA states that all ISA member countries share the collective ambition to undertake innovative and concerted efforts with a view to reduce the cost of finance and technology for large scale deployment of competitive solar generation assets in member countries, adapted to each countries’ individual needs.
It further states that united by the objective to significantly augment solar power generation, the member countries intend making joint efforts through innovative policies, projects, programmes, capacity building measures and financial instruments to mobilize more than $1000 billion of investments that are needed by 2030 for deployment of affordable solar energy. The member countries recognize that the reduced cost of finance would enable us them to undertake more ambitious solar energy programmes to bring development and prosperity for their citizens.
The member countries intend working together towards the development of appropriate benchmarks, facilitating resource assessments, supporting research and development and demonstration facilities, with a view to encouraging innovative and affordable applications of solar technologies.
ISA is an attempt to provide a platform for prospective member countries to collaborate and address the identified gaps through a common agreed approach and will contribute towards the goal of increasing utilization and promotion of solar energy and solar applications to help the world transition to a low-carbon and greener society.