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At first ISA assembly, Modi spells out an ambitious plan: A global electricity grid

 Modi said that International Solar Alliance (ISA) can replace OPEC in the future as a key supplier of energy for the world

At first ISA assembly, Modi spells out an ambitious plan: A global electricity grid
At first ISA assembly, Modi spells out an ambitious plan: A global electricity grid

New Delhi: The first assembly of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) was inaugurated on October 2 on an ambitious note with India calling for a global electricity grid. Spelling out India’s dream as an emerging power in the field of renewable energy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that ISA can replace Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in the future as a key supplier of energy for the world. The event was attended by Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations.

One of the key announcements made by Modi at the event was the “universalisation” of membership for the first treaty-based international government organisation headquartered in India that aims to provide climate justice.

Speaking of the human dependency on fossil fuels for energy needs, the PM said that solar, wind and water offer more sustainable energy solutions. “When people talk of organisations for the welfare of mankind established in the 21st century, the International Solar Alliance will be at the top of the list,” he said.

One of the key announcements made by Modi at the event was the “universalisation” of membership for the first treaty-based international government organisation headquartered in India that aims to provide climate justice.

The PM said that the vision is to generate 40 percent of India’s total energy requirements in 2030 using non-fossil fuel-based sources. With the increased usage of renewable sources, he said that India is making the important transition from ‘Poverty to Power.’ The government is focusing on demand creation, indigenous manufacturing, innovation and energy storage under the National Energy Storage Mission, Modi said.

Besides solar and wind power, India is also working on biomass, biofuel and bio-energy. Efforts are being made to make India’s transport system clean fuel-based, the PM said. “By converting bio-waste to biofuel, India is converting a challenge into an opportunity,” Modi remarked.

The event also marked the inauguration of the second Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Renewable Energy Ministerial meeting, and the Second Global RE-Invest, Renewable Energy Investors Meet and Expo.