The International Solar Alliance is going to hold World Solar Technology Summit for the first time. The summit will be held on September 8, 2020.
Objective of the Summit
The summit will be held to bring together scientists, engineers and member states to sit down together and think about what the challenges are in realising the dream of making energy affordable and abundant.
- The World Solar Technology Summit will be held on a virtual platform due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
- PM Modi is expected to deliver the inaugural address of the first World Solar Technology Summit.
- The occasion will be graced by Ministers from member countries, High-level dignitaries from the world of Scientific Research and Development, Senior Government Functionaries, Heads of Global Corporations, Financial and Multilateral Institutions, Civil society, Foundations and Think Tanks.
- The Key note address will be presented by Nobel Laureate Dr. M Stanley Whittingham.
About International Solar Alliance
The International Solar Alliance was set up by India and France on the sidelines of the Paris meeting on climate change which held in November 2015. The International Solar Alliance is also called International Agency for Solar Policy and Application(IASPA).
The solar alliance is an alliance of 121 countries, most of them being sunshine countries which lie either completely or partly between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn.
The initiative was first proposed by the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi in a speech at Wembley Stadium, London in November 2015.
The main objective of forming such an alliance is to work for efficeint exploitation of solar energy thereby reducing dependence on fossil fuels.
The headquarter of the International Solar Alliance is at Gurugram, Haryana. Upendra Tripathy is the present Director General of the organization.
The Government of India has allotted five acres of land to the National Institute of Solar Energy in Gawl Pahari, Gurugram, Haryana and has contributed Rs 1.75 billion to build a campus and for meeting expenditures for the first five years.