India will host the first International Solar Alliance (ISA) summit on 11th March, which will be attended by French President Emmanuel Macron and United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres. The International Solar Alliance Summit will be attended by leaders from over 50 member countries. It will include French President Emmanuel Macron, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid.
The International Solar Alliance (ISA) became a treaty-based international inter-governmental organisation on December 6, 2017 following the ratification by Guinea on November 6, 2017. Till date, 46 countries have signed and 19 countries have ratified the Framework Agreement of International Solar Alliance. Headquartered at Gurugram, ISA aims at large scale deployment of solar energy through better harmonization and aggregation of demand from solar rich countries lying between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.
During the summit, two new programmes will be inaugurated. These programmes will be on- Scaling Solar E-Mobility and Storage, and Rooftop Solar. The International Solar Alliance aims to launch 121 projects during the summit. These 121 projects will be signed in two phases – with 50 on March 11 and another 71 on April 20. It aims to create a collaborative platform for increased deployment of solar energy technologies to enhance energy security and sustainable development.