Renewable Energy Current Affairs - 2020

ISA, India sign Host Country Agreement

The International Solar Alliance (ISA) and Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) signed Host Country Agreement in New Delhi. The agreement gives ISA juridical personality an power to contract, acquire and dispose off movable and immovable properties and also to institute and defend legal proceedings.

Key Facts

Under this agreement, ISA will enjoy such privileges, applicable tax concessions and immunities that are necessary for ISA’s Headquarter to independently discharge its function and programmes. It will derive its status, privileges and immunities as per Article 10 of Framework Agreement.

International Solar Alliance (ISA)

ISA is initiative jointly launched by India and France in November 2015 at Paris on side lines of COP21 UN Climate Change Conference. Its Framework Agreement came into force in December 2017. It celebrated its founding day on 11th March, 2018. It is headquartered at campus of Natioanl Institute of Solar Energy (NISE), Gurugram, Harayana, making it first international intergovernmental treaty based organization to be headquartered in India.

Objectives of ISA

  • Undertake joint efforts required to reduce the cost of finance and the cost of technology
  • Mobilize more than US $1000 billion of investments needed by 2030 for massive deployment of solar energy
  • Pave way for future technologies adapted to needs of solar rich 121 countries lying fully or partially between Tropic of Cancer and Capricon.

ISA presently has 4 ongoing programmes

  • Scaling Solar Mini Grids
  • Affordable Finance at Scale,
  • Scaling Solar Applications for Agricultural Use,
  • Scaling Solar Rooftop catering to the needs of solar energy in specific areas

Surat: First district to have 100% solar powered health centres

Surat district in Gujarat become first in country to have 100% solar powered Primary Health Centers (PHCs). All 52 PHCs in the district are now powered by solar system. With this, Surat sets an example for country by developing villages that use sustainable forms of energy at a time when global warming is mounting with each passing day

Key Facts

The solarification of all PHCs in Surat district will bring down electricity bill by 40% and also help fight global warming. Other than PHCs, there are 572 gram panchayats in district, out of which 150 are solar powered gram panchayats and soon other 422 panchayats will too be solar powered. 75% of the total expense of making gram panchayat solar powered is borne by state government and remaining 25% by district panchayats.