Solar power target

The International Solar Alliance, an India- led initiative to expand solar energy, plans to produce 1,000 Gigawatts of solar power by 2030, or triple the current installed global capacity, an Indian official has said, without sharing the details on how the target would be reached.

The alliance is intended to serve as a ” common platform for cooperation among Sunrich countries ” aimed at largescale expansion of solar energy as a way to reduce global dependence on fossils fuels and cut down greenhouse gas emissions.

” The alliance plans to manufacture 1,000 Gigawatts by 2030, ” Anand Kumar, secretary in the ministry of new and renewable energy, said on the sidelines of the UN conference on climate underway here.

He said the target excluded the 100 Gigawatts solar power India had already committed to install within five years as part of its ” nationally determined contributions ” to curb the growth of its emissions submitted to the UN Framework Convention to Climate Change at a climate summit in Paris in 2015.

The official, responding to a query from The Telegraph, however, did not provide the details about any roadmap to achieve the 1,000 Gigawatts target but added that the ISA had been appealing to various funding institutions across the world to promote solar power.

So far, of the 121 prospective members of the ISA, 44 have signed and 17 ratified.

The framework agreement for the alliance has already come into force after being ratified by the minimum 15 countries required.

India, which set up the alliance along with France, plans to have a mega jamboree in Delhi early next year to celebrate the ” success of ISA within two years ” in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other country heads or representatives of ISA nations.