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Following the signing of the historic Paris Climate Change Agreement in New York on 22 April, governments have pledged to take concerted action to lower the costs of clean energy and to unleash a potential investment flow of up to USD 1 trillion into solar assets, among a raft of other initiatives.
At the United Nations in New York, Indian Power, Coal and Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal and French Environment Minister and President of COP 21 Ségolène Royal co-hosted an event on the International Solar Alliance (ISA), launched by India and France at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris last December.
In order to accelerate massive deployment of solar energy at various scales in their countries, ministers and representative from 25 countries agreed to take concerted action through targeted programmes launched on a voluntary basis, to better harmonize and aggregate the demand for:
The 25 countries represented at the event included Australia, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Maldives, Mali, Namibia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Peru, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Uganda, Zambia, India and France/
Also in New York, Ministers from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Uganda, India and France jointly announced under the aegis of the International Solar Alliance the launch of the programme "Scaling solar applications for agricultural use" to bring reliable, affordable and tailored-to-needs solar applications within the reach of all farmers in their countries.
This programme is expected to serve the farming communities in the ISA member countries on several fronts including storage of agricultural produce, space and water heating, crop drying, creation of livelihood opportunities in rural areas.
In addition, the International Solar Alliance and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) pledged to cooperate to promote solar energy globally, by looking for strategic cooperation in the areas of programmatic and technical expertise.
Photo credit: Ségolène Royal (Twitter)