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"We all have to think about the way forward". It has been running a successful Solar Mamas project at the Barefoot College, Tilonia, Rajasthan, training illiterate rural women from African, South American and Pacific nations in making solar panels, so that they can return and power up and empower their villages. "We have to increase the share of solar in energy mix", he said.

It also vowed to "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".

Also, innovation has to be encouraged so as to provide solutions to different needs.

"We need to create a comprehensive network of centers of excellence".

How did the International Solar Alliance come about? It was about this International Solar Alliance.

These countries have "the paradox of being the sunniest in the world while enjoying the least solar energy", said Ségolène Royal, a former French minister in India as a special envoy for the alliance.

As many as 60 nations have signed the agreement to join ISA, while 30 have already ratified the agreement and made it possible to make it a legal entity in December past year.

France-India's partnership on environment can also be seen reflected in President Macron's visit to India. "Bharat mein Surya ko purey jibon ka poshak mana gaya hae (Veda's consider the Sun as the soul of the world)". This is one of the most promising coalitions to combat climate change.




Jayaram said, "The reason why India has found support from fellow developing nations is because of its pro-clean energy tone that does not get tangled with emission reduction". Modi said that India would produce 175 GW of electricity from renewable sources by 2022, and as much as 100 GW from solar energy.

But, he said, only 50 to 60 per cent people living in the region have access to electricity. He, however, said that the potential of solar use should be explored beyond lighting to areas of cooking, solar pumps and transport solutions in the research and development sector.

"The Solar Study Lamp Scheme has benefitted seven million school going children".

India will contribute $27 million to the ISA for creating the corpus, building infrastructure and recurring expenditure over a five-year duration from 2016-17 to 2020-21.

What are the key aims of the ISA Summit this year?

"We have set up a project preparation facility consultancy support to partner countries in designing bankable projects".

Driven by rapid advances in technology and economies of scale, the cost of electricity from solar photovoltaics decreased by nearly 70 per cent between 2010 and 2016. "Its focus will be global and our governmental, technical and academic institutions will lead in R&D efforts in the solar sector".


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