The Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu called upon policymakers and experts in the renewable energy sector to take steps to tap the vast potential for solar energy around the world and make solar energy affordable for all. He urged all the member nations of International Solar Alliance to develop solar resources and related technology so that their reliance on fossil resources is reduced.
Speaking at i-SUN CaP (International capacity Augmentation Programmes for the “Sunshine Countries of ISA” organized by the Indian Institute of Public Administration in New Delhi, the Vice President said that moving to renewable would not only ensure energy security but would also help in protecting the climate and reduces pollution.
Stating that India has huge potential to become the leader in the solar energy sector, Vice President expressed happiness over the way renewable energy resources have been developed in India.
Opining that global warming and climate change were affecting every aspect of our life and that there was an urgent need to protect the environment and ensure sustainably in development, the Vice President wanted policymakers to formulate plans to augment the capacity for successfully tapping the vast potential for solar energy around the world.
Stating that India and France were the founding countries of International Solar Alliance, the Vice President said that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and former French President Mr. Francois Hollande initiated the project to combine the efforts of both countries to work against climate change and promote renewable energy in place of fossil fuels.
He said that the idea of a concrete road map towards sustainability had also been reiterated by the Prime Minister in the recent UN Climate Action Summit in New York and stressed that the solar alliance would play an important role in realizing his dream of “Climate action: Time to Act Now”.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu sought the cooperation of all to undertake joint efforts required to reduce the cost of finance and the cost of technology in producing renewable energy across the globe and also to mobilize more than USD 1000 billion of investment by 2030 for massive deployment of solar energy and pave the way for future technologies.
Vice President lauded IIPA which has signed an MoU with International Solar Alliance for capacity-building of its member countries has been training Indian officers as well as of many friendly countries in the area of climate change adaptation and mitigation under ITEC-programme of Ministry of External Affairs.
He opined that the IIPA – ISA association would help in harnessing the demand for solar technologies, innovation and capacity building in a better way and sees to it that that solar energy is made affordable to all.