The Fifth Assembly of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) was inaugurated recenlly by Raj Kumar Singh, Minister of Power and New & Renewable Energy, India, in his capacity as the President, International Solar Alliance. Ministers from 20 countries and delegates from across 110 Member and Signatory countries and 18 prospective countries joined the inaugural ceremony of the fifth ISA Assembly.
Speaking on the occasion, Raj Kumar Singh said, “The past 2 years have also provided us multiple reminders that the global dependence on fossil fuels is unhealthy, not just for the environment, but also for the economy. The good news is that we already have the tools we need to counter these, and the development in technology is making sure that even more effective resources are made available in the years to come. It is now up to us to decide how quickly we can deploy these. In this pursuit for energy transition, we also have the responsibility of enabling development in the parts of the world that lack access to energy and energy security.”
He further added, “It is our mission that ISA can assist Member Countries in formulating and implementing solar-ready policies and regulatory development of national energy landscapes and for engaging with public and private sector entities to leverage low cost financing to achieve ISA’s solarisation agenda. The ISA is capable of guiding project implementation at scale.”
The Co-President of the Assembly, Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, France’s Minister of State for
Development, Francophonie and International Partnerships, said, “The ISA, co-chaired by France and India, has grown into a global provider of tangible solutions to enable universal access to affordable solar power.”