India Hosts 6th Session of International Solar Alliance Assembly

  • The Sixth Assembly of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) was hosted at Bharat Mandapam, in New Delhi
  • Presided over by the Union Minister for Power and New & Renewable Energy, Government of India, Shri R. K. Singh in his capacity as the President of the ISA Assembly.
  • Ministers from 20 countries and delegates from across 116 Member and Signatory countries participated in the Assembly.
  • “Around 80 percent of the global population reside in countries that depend on fossil fuel imports.
  • Renewable energy sources have the potential to supply 65 percent of the world’s total electricity by 2030.
  • It is decided to increase viability gap funding (VGP) for projects from 10% up to 35% so that funding is available for projects in developing countries.


  1. Solarisation of the parliament building of the Republic of Malawi.
  2. Solarisation of two rural health care centres in the Republic of Fiji, with an 8-kW solar PV system and 20-kWh battery storage capacity for each health centre.
  3. Installation of 1 solar-powered cold storage of capacity 5 MT for the benefit of agricultural stakeholders at La Digue Island, Republic of Seychelles.
  4. Solarisation of the Nawai Junior Secondary School (JSS) in the Republic of Kiribati, with a 7 kW Solar PV rooftop system paired with a 24-kWh BSS.
  • “The organization has been providing expertise, handholding and training support.
  • Training centres have been set up across Africa.”
  • Part of ISA’s initiative to launch Demonstration Projects in May 2020, to meet the needs of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
  • ISA today has 116 member countries, and many others who have signed the ISA Framework Agreement and are going to ratify it soon 
  • Underlined the importance of provision of green funds by developed countries as per their COP21 commitments 
  • ISA is facilitating over 9.5 GW of solar applications in 55 developing countries, including LDCs and SIDS
  • It provided training to nearly 4000 people across the developing world to make a living out of supporting solar energy 
  • working on developing STAR Centres in countries which will be a hub of technology, knowledge, and expertise on solar energy 
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