New Delhi(IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived back in New Delhi on Tuesday night after…
New delhi: After successful conclusion of India-Africa summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has now set eyes on the Paris Climate Conference (COP21), where he will bring together over 100 nations to set up an international solar alliance.
While India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru is remembered as an architect of a conference on Afro-Asian unity in Bandung, Indonesia, and the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), Modi doesn’t wnat to be left behind, as External Affairs Ministry was scrambling to get some 107 countries to join Modi on the sidelines of this conference to announce an international solar alliance.
The alliance to be named the International Agency for Solar Policy and Application (InSPA) will include African nations and others located between located between Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn, the countries who have maximum sunlight. Experts here believe the initiative will position India as a key global player in solar market and to share technologies, minimizing dependence of these countries on costly technologies from the EU and US. Modi is expected to announce a special fund for the alliance.
The India-African summit also committed intensify cooperation in developing renewable energy generation including solar, wind, hydro, geo-thermal and bio-mass. The leader agreed to promote public-private Partnership (PPP) by encouraging Indian businesses to set up skills development units in African industrial zones with the aim to train African engineers, technicians, managers and workers as well as by encouraging other experts in areas of solar energy.
Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swaroop said aim of such an alliance was to get those countries around which are exposed to maximum sun-light and create a broad platform to promote use of solar power. At the India-Africa summit, Modi officially invited nations to join InSPA and said: “Our goal is to make solar energy an integral part of our life and reach it to the most unconnected villages and communities.”
Many African countries are planning to use solar power in a big way but funds and technology constrains are hampering their dreams. Therefore, the new grouping will also evolve common financial solutions, and will also act as pressure group to demand improved access to better technology. At the Paris, Prime Minister.