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International Solar Alliance will soon be legal entity

The International Solar Alliance (ISA)—India’s landmark push to popularise sola­r energy among countries between the Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn (which hold good potential for solar power)—is set to become a legal entity on December 6, according to Indian representatives attending COP23 at Bonn.

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The ISA was launched jointly by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the then French President Francois Hollande during the COP21 in Paris in 2015. Of the 121 potential signatories, 44 nations—predominantly from Africa, Latin America and the Pacific Island nations—have so far signed the ISA framework agreement. Fifteen of these, including Bangladesh, Ghana, Niger, Fiji, Somalia, South Sudan, India and France, have ratified the agreement while two documents of ratification, from Sudan and the Togolese Republic, are expected to be submitted in the near future. The number of ratifications required for the agreement to enter into force is 16.

“The ISA is going to be a legal entity on December 6. The plan is to generate 1,000GW of solar energy by 2030 in countries that have joined the agreement additional to their own domestic commitments and plans,” said Anand Kumar, secretary in India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.

The first global summit of the partners of ISA was earlier planned on December 9 this year, but later postponed to early next year due to the unavailability of French President Emmanuel Macron in December, Indian officials informed. The second edition of the Global Renewable Energy Investors Meet and Expo – RE-INVEST 2017, in which, France partners with India, has also been postponed to the third week of April 2018. It was slated to be held in Noida this December.

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