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The International Solar Alliance (ISA) has announced to organise the First World Solar Technology Summit on a virtual platform in next month.

•    The International Solar Alliance: It is an action-oriented organization, aims at lowering the cost of technology and finance and thereby facilitate deployment of over 1,000 GW of solar energy and mobilize more than USD 1,000 billion into solar power by 2030 in Member countries.
•    The ISA envisions to enable the full ecosystem for availability and development of technology, economic resources, and development of storage technology, mass manufacturing and innovation.

Key highlights
o    The objective of this summit is to bring the spotlight on state-of-the-art technologies as well as next-generation technologies which will provide impetus to the efforts towards harnessing the solar energy more efficiently.
o    The World Solar Technology summit event will help to serve the objective and drive the necessary growth of solar energy around the world through innovations. The event will hold four technical sessions that would be available to the participants in different languages namely English, Spanish, French & Arabic.

1.    Session -1: Vision 2030 & Beyond:
The overall context of Photovoltaic (PV) technology development and its future, on its way towards becoming the first source of energy worldwide, with PV technologies supplying 70% of the world’s electricity generation.

2.    Session -2: Towards a De-carbonized Grid:
The most recent advances (conversion efficiency improvements and declining costs) regarding key components such as PV modules and storage technologies.

3.    Session -3: Disruptive Solar Technologies:
On-grid applications, whether ground-mounted, floating, or integrated in residential and commercial rooftops.

4.    Session -4: Solar Beyond the Power Sector:
Innovative applications where PV is used to move, heat, cool, and drive eco-friendly industrial processes and produce fuels as well as off-grid applications, to provide universal access to energy.
o    ISA would also be launching the ISA Journal on Solar Energy (I JOSE) that would help authors from across the globe to publish their articles on solar energy, during the event.
o    Nobel Laureate Dr. M. Stanley Whittingham will be presenting the Keynote Address during the Inaugural Ceremony. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (2009) for the revolutionizing discovery of the lithium ion batteries.

India’s Effort for Solar Energy
    The National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) was launched by Government of India. It aims at creating awareness among the representatives of the public, different agencies of the government, scientists, industry and the communities on the threat posed by climate change and the steps to counter it.
    National Solar Mission is part of key pillars under NAPCC.
    Under intended nationally determined contribution installing of 100 GW grid-connection was targeted by GOI.
    India has set a target to achieve about 40% cumulative electric power installed capacity from non-fossil fuel-based energy resources and to reduce the emission intensity of its GDP by 33 to 35% from 2005 level by 2030.

    Streamlining the organization’s structure and setting up a financial institution will add heft to India’s credentials as a clean energy champion.
    India is the fifth largest coal producer in the world, with about 412.1 million tons of coal produced. Coal currently meets 55% of India's energy needs. In a rapidly developing country such as India, the tendency is for these countries to rely on coal due to the relatively inexpensive cost to produce coal. Consequently, the main challenge to the solar power initiative is the high cost associated with solar projects.

The Government is dedicated to increase the use of clean energy sources and is already undertaking various large-scale sustainable power projects and promoting green energy heavily. In addition to that renewable energy has the potential to create employment opportunities, especially in rural areas. This sector is expected to attract investment worth US$ 80 billion in the next four years.