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Adnan Z Amin and Upendra Tripathy

Irena, Solar Alliance to deepen cooperation

NEW DELHI, March 11, 2018

Abu Dhabi-based International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) and the International Solar Alliance (ISA) have signed a joint declaration to deepen the cooperation between the two organisations to accelerate solar energy deployment.
 
The declaration was signed on the occasion of the founding conference of ISA in New Delhi by Irena director general Adnan Z Amin, and Upendra Tripathy, the Interim Director General of ISA.
 
“Driven by remarkable cost declines, innovative policies and new business models, solar energy has emerged as the fastest growing renewable energy worldwide. There is an immense opportunity at hand to bring its benefits to more and more countries around the world,” said Amin.
 
“Irena estimates that solar must account for at least 35 per cent of global power capacity by 2050 to meet the objectives the Paris Agreement on climate,” Amin added. “In this context, Irena stands ready to work with ISA and its members to scale-up solar energy deployment as a means to expanding affordable, reliable and sustainable energy access, as well as to addressing climate and energy security concerns. Irena looks forward to strengthening collaboration with ISA, sharing its knowledge and experience, and making available its project facilitation tools and platforms.”
 
“The International Solar Alliance has a well-articulated goal to facilitate the mobilisation of $1 trillion of capital to rapidly accelerate the adoption of solar energy all over the world,” said  Tripathy. “While solar is fast becoming one of the most cost-effective ways to generate new power and deliver energy access, to deploy fast enough, complementarity must exist between our work and the broader renewable energy mandate and development tools established by Irena. This fusion of capabilities will help to catalyse solar development in line with the goals set out under the Paris Agreement.”
 
Driven by rapid advances in technology and economies of scale, the cost of electricity from solar photovoltaics decreased by almost 70 per cent between 2010 and 2016. Irena estimates that average cost of electricity from solar photovoltaics can decrease by further 60 per cent in the coming decade. Solar power is also a significant employer of people worldwide, with around 3.1 million jobs working in the sector in 2016.
 
The joint declaration affirms the commitment of the Irena and ISA to collaborate on advancing solar deployment and projects through helping countries develop policies and regulations around solar energy and through the implementation of Irena initiatives such as the Clean Energy Corridors and the SIDS Lighthouses. 
 
Irena’s project facilitation tools and platforms such as the Global Atlas for Renewable Energy, the Project Navigator, and the Sustainable Energy Marketplace will be made available to ISA, in support of its project-focused work in countries. - TradeArabia News Service



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