NEW DELHI :

The US has joined the inter-governmental treaty based International Solar Alliance (ISA), John Kerry, the US special presidential envoy for climate, announced at the ongoing UN climate conference at Glasgow, also known as the Conference of Parties (COP26).

“It has long been coming and we are happy to join the International Solar Alliance, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the lead in making. We worked out the details and this is a process we are pleased to be a part of. This will be an important contribution to more rapid deployment of solar globally. It will be particularly important for developing countries,” Kerry said.

The US move is “a big boost” to the “global adoption of solar energy”, India’s environment ministry said on Wednesday. “The US becomes the 101st country to sign the framework agreement of the ISA to catalyse global energy transition through a solar-led approach,” India said.

“This move will strengthen ISA and propel future action on providing a clean source of energy to the world,” environment minister Bhupender Yadav said.

“The US endorsement of ISA’s framework and approach is an heartening development, especially as our 101st member nation, which is a significant milestone in itself, demonstrating that nations across the world are recognizing the economic and climate mitigating value of solar, as well as this energy source’s potential as a catalyst for global energy transition,” said Ajay Mathur, director general, ISA.

India and France launched the ISA in November 2015 at COP21 in Paris.

“The approach and methods detailed in the framework have already delivered results, with ISA building a solar project pipeline of nearly 5 GW installed capacity. The approach will culminate in a vision for interconnected global grids, which was formalized and jointly launched as the Green Grids Initiative – One Sun One World One Grid during the world leaders summit of COP26 in Glasgow on 2 November by the UK presidency of COP26 and the India presidency of ISA,” India said.

 

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