IAS Important Topics on International Current Affairs: International Solar Alliance

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IAS Important Topics on International Current Affairs: International Solar Alliance

IAS Important Topics on International Current Affairs: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will conduct the civil services (CS) preliminary examination on June 18 this year. It is one of the most esteemed and toughest exams in the country. With a success rate of 0.1- 0.3 percent of the total percentage of candidates who apply, it is really difficult to nail the examination.

As you know, On 10th May 2017, we have shared IAS Prelims 2017 Important Topics on International current affairs which will help you prepare for your upcoming examination. Here is the topic that we have discussed yesterday, Click on the link below to explore.

 

IAS Important Topics on International Current Affairs: Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Let us move forward with our next topic i.e. International Solar Alliance.

 

IAS Important Topics on International Current Affairs

Today we will discuss the Eighth topic i.e International Solar Alliance. Below mentioned is the explanation of the said topic.

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International Solar Alliance

International Solar Alliance (ISA) is a coalition of solar resource rich countries to address their special energy needs and will provide a platform to collaborate on addressing the identified gaps through a common, agreed approach.

ISAs Mission and Vision is to provide a platform for cooperation among solar resource rich countries where global community including bilateral and multilateral organizations, corporates, industry, and stakeholders can make a positive contribution to the common goals of increasing utilizing of solar energy in meeting energy needs of ISA member countries in a safe, convenient, affordable, equitable and sustainable manner.

Need for ISA

  • There is a need for specialized agency to promote, deploy and disseminate solar energy as there is no specialized agency to promote solar energy under UN system. Solar energy with advancement in technology is a sustainable option to meet the energy needs. The potential of countries between tropics is largely untapped, which can be harnessed in a cost effective manner if a coordinated and concerted effort is done.
  • Lack of access is particularly acute in rural areas of many countries, where economic opportunities are few and some coordination to harness the free energy from the sun and combine it with suitable appliances using simple technologies would have the greatest transformative impact on social welfare, in particular for women and girls who currently meet much of the energy requirements through hard, manual labour, particularly in the household and on the farm.

Broader Aim

To create a collaborative platform for increased deployment of solar energy technologies, to enhance energy security & sustainable development; improve access to energy and opportunities for better livelihoods in rural and remote areas and to increase the standard of living. For achieving these aims five key focus areas will be:-

  1. Member countries will be encouraged to invest in solar technology areas. It will provide twin benefits of renewable energy as well as employment opportunity for the people.
  2. With the cooperation of international organizations, ISA will focus on formulating policies and programmes to ensure solar energy to the energy deprived countries.
  3. Innovative financial mechanism will be developed to access low cost long tenure financial resources bilateral, multilateral agencies and other resources.
  4. Knowledge platform including e-portal will be built for sharing policy development experiences and best practices in member countries.
  5. Promote partnerships among R&D centres of member countries for application oriented research & development and delivering technologies to people as well as capacity building through training & educational programmes and exchange ofsector experts/ officials/ entrepreneurs/students/interns/ apprentices, user groups etc.

Governance Structure

ISA is proposed to be a multi country partnership organization with membership from solar resource rich countries between the two tropics.

  • ISA’s proposed governance structure would consist of an Assembly and a Secretariat.
  • The Assembly will provide guidance, direction and advice to the Secretariat for undertaking the activities.
  • ISA’s detailed statute will be developed in consultation with member countries.

India-ISA

  • Government of India (GoI) will support ISA by hosting its Secretariat for an initial period of five years and thereafter it is expected to generate its own resources and become self-financing.
  • For achieving India’s target of 100 GW solar energy till 2022, ISA can play a crucial role. 

IREDA

The Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) is a Non-Banking Financial Institution under the administrative control of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy for providing term loans for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

NISE

National Institute of Solar Energy, an autonomous institution of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), is the apex National R&D institution in the field of Solar energy. The Government of India has converted 25 year old Solar Energy Centre (SEC) under MNRE to an autonomous institution in September, 2013 to assist the Ministry in implementing the National Solar Mission and to coordinate research, technology, skill development, training, consultancy, incubation and other related works.

SECI

Solar Energy Corporation of India, New Delhi is registered under Section 25 of Companies Act, 1956, as a Company, not for profit, under the administrative control of the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE). Dr. Anil Kakodkar is functioning as the Chairman of the Corporation.

Over here we conclude our article on IAS Important Topics on International Current Affairs. Stay tuned with us for the rest of the topic that we will discuss day by day. 

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