The Sixth Assembly of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) was hosted today in New Delhi and was presided over by Shri Raj Kumar Singh, Minister of Power and New Renewable Energy, Government of India in his capacity as the President of the ISA Assembly.
Ministers from 20 countries and delegates from across 116 Member and Signatory countries participated in the Assembly.
Shri Raj Kumar Singh said: “Around 80 percent of the global population resides in countries that depend on fossil fuel imports, totalling a staggering 6 billion people. Renewable energy sources have the potential to supply 65 percent of the world total electricity by 2030 and decarbonise 90 percent of the power sector by 2050. The International Solar Alliance is
steadfast in its commitment to Member Countries to make solar as the energy source of choice, foster environments conducive to attracting investments and ensuring ample energy availability to meet the surging global demands.
Dr Ajay Mathur, Director General of International Solar Alliance, said: “We urgently need to
accelerate the build-up of solar energy, especially in developing countries and in applications that influence the daily lives of those without access to reliable energy – such as getting electricity from solar mini-grids, powering agricultural pumps, running cold storages, etc. Capacity building and regulatory change are necessary enablers towards that. ISA is facilitating over 9.5 GW of solar applications in 55 developing countries, including LDCs and SIDS, and have already provided training to nearly 4000 people across the developing world on ways to make a living out of supporting solar energy
Shri Singh said “It is my honour and privilege to dedicate four projects to the Republic of Malawi, the Republic of Fiji, the Republic of Seychelles and the Republic of Kiribati, each of USD USD 50,000 (Fifty thousand) provided by the ISA under the ISA grant initiative.
The Assembly is the apex decision-making body of ISA, in which each Member Country is
represented. This body makes decisions concerning the implementation of the ISA’s Framework Agreement and coordinated actions to be taken to achieve its objective. The Assembly meets annually at the ministerial level at the ISA’s seat. It assesses the aggregate effect of the programmes and other activities in terms of deployment of solar energy, performance, reliability, cost, and scale of finance. The Sixth Assembly of the ISA is deliberating on the key initiatives of ISA on three critical issues energy access, energy security, and energy transition.