– Gurgaon is all set to become a hub of solar energy

Chandigarh, January 22 – Gurgaon is all set to become a hub of solar energy with the establishment of the Interim Secretariat of the International Solar Alliance (ISA), which would be inaugurated jointly by the Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, and President of France, Mr. Fransçois Hollande, on January 25, 2016. They would also lay the foundation stone of the ISA building in the National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE), Gurgaon.

          Union External Affairs Minister, Mrs. Sushma Swaraj as well as Union Minister of State for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy, Mr. Piyush Goyal would also be present on this occasion.

          India would host the headquarters of the International Solar Alliance, which was launched jointly by the Prime Minister and the French President at Paris, France, on November 30, 2015. A piece of land measuring five acres has been offered for this purpose in the campus of NISE, Gurgaon. The Alliance comprises 121 solar-resource-rich countries working together with the objective of globally increasing the use of solar energy.

          According to its launch resolution, the International Solar Alliance seeks to share collective ambitions to reduce the cost of finance and technology that are needed to deploy solar power widely. The Alliance would pave the way for production technologies and storage of solar energy, adapted to the specific needs of an individual country. It would also pursue cooperation in training, building institutions, regulatory issues, common standards and investment, including joint ventures.

          It may be recalled that the Prime Minister had, during the Climate Change Conference in Paris co-chaired by him with the French President, said that the International Solar Alliance had invited all countries located fully or partly between the Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn to join its efforts towards promoting the use of clean energy. He had said that the Alliance would function from a Secretariat to be established on the NISE Campus, Gurgaon. The Centre would support the Alliance for five years by providing land and $30 million for this purpose, he had said.