India attempts to take pole position in the world's clean-energy transformation

Macron says $1 trillion needed to achieve 1TW solar power capacity by 2030

The treaty-based organization, launched by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015, aims to promote solar energy in 121 countries.

The founding conference of ISA is being co-chaired by Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and French president Emmanuel Macron in New Delhi, with delegates including heads of state and government, ministers, chief executives of worldwide organisations and other high-level officials. The focus on solar energy, wind energy and policies like giving impetus to Electronic Vehicles (EV's) leaves no doubt in one's mind that India is serious about its commitment to combating climate change.

Ministers as well as heads from Governments from various nations take part in the summit on the topic of solar power energy, that is actually held by India and their allay France. There was an absence of universal energy access; energy equity and affordability are issues common to most of the solar resource rich countries. "That's why we are here in order to act very concretely", Macron added.

Although it did not provide a full list of what they were, they included a water project for Suez, and the signing of an "industrial way forward agreement" between EDF and the Nuclear Power Corporation of India.

The French president has pledged hundreds of millions for solar projects in developing countries at the International Solar Alliance summit in New Delhi. It says it's also committed to implementing the Paris Agreement to tackle climate change. They started to act and to deliver concrete results.

The alliance involves 121 prospective member-countries that fall between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, and are exposed to the "maximum solar intensity of over 300 days a year", acording to a bureaucrat at the Indian external affairs ministry.

Both Macron and Modi have doubled down on their climate efforts in response to Trump's decision to pull the US out of the 2015 Paris agreement. "India will begin the solar technology mission to bridge the gap in solar technology".

Referring to "solar mamas", a group of African women trained as solar engineers under an Indian government program, Macron said these women "didn't wait and didn't stop because some countries chose to just leave the floor and leave the Paris agreement".

"First and foremost, we have to ensure that better and affordable solar technology is available to all and accessible to everyone".

They committed that they would explore innovative financing mechanisms that can generate a sustainable market for the deployment of cost effective solar technologies, coupled with constructive policy initiatives to catalyse public and private investments to reduce the cost of solar projects in developing countries. It aims to achieve 175 GW of clean energy by 2022, of which 100 GW will be solar.

Tirumurti said the ISA was attended by 21 heads of states and heads of government, several top ministers and bureaucrats, apart from participants from multilateral banks, and the United Nations.

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