India is planning to expand its Solar Technology Application Resource Centres (STAR-C) initiative, which is run by the International Solar Alliance (ISA), to several Pacific Island nations.
The Solar Technology and Application Resource Centre (STAR-C) is an initiative of the International Solar Alliance (ISA).
STAR-C’s primary objective is to establish a robust network of institutional capacities among ISA member countries to promote the use of solar energy products and services, especially in least-developed countries and small island developing states.
The project is jointly implemented by ISA and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and is overseen by the Supervisory Committee.
Initially, STAR-C’s focus was on the Economic Community of West African States, the Pacific Island Forum, and the East African Community. Now, it is set to extend its reach to the Pacific Island countries, contributing to their efforts in harnessing solar energy and combating the challenges of climate change.
India is planning to expand the Solar Technology and Application Resource Centre (STAR-C) to include a number of Pacific Island countries. This expansion aims to promote solar power ecosystems and address climate change in the region.
International Solar Alliance (ISA)
The International Solar Alliance (ISA) is a coalition of over 120 countries, mainly located between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn, known as sunshine countries.
The main goal of the ISA is to promote the efficient use of solar energy and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. By encouraging the adoption of solar technologies and promoting collaboration among member countries, the alliance aims to drive sustainable and clean energy solutions for a brighter and greener future.
The International Solar Alliance (ISA) is a collaborative initiative between India and France aimed at combating climate change by promoting solar energy solutions.
Headquartered in Gurugram, it is the first intergovernmental organization to have its headquarters in India.
The ISA is overseen by a Director General who leads the organization’s operations and functions through the ISA Secretariat. The Director General serves a four-year term and may be re-elected for subsequent terms.
All member states of the United Nations are eligible to join the International Solar Alliance (ISA). Even countries outside the Tropics can become members and enjoy benefits similar to other members, with the exception of voting rights.
ISA’s ‘Towards 100’ Strategy
The ISA’s overarching strategy, known as the ‘Towards 100’ strategy, aims to mobilize USD 1,000 billion in investments for solar energy solutions by the year 2030. The strategy also focuses on providing energy access to 1,000 million people through clean energy solutions and achieving the installation of 1,000 GW of solar energy capacity. This ambitious plan seeks to accelerate the adoption of solar energy on a global scale to combat climate change and promote sustainable development.
Indeed, the International Solar Alliance (ISA) has achieved significant milestones in its efforts to promote solar energy solutions globally. Some of its key achievements include:
- Identifying, designing, and testing new business models for solar projects, leading to innovative approaches for solar energy implementation.
- Assisting governments in making their energy legislation and policies more solar-friendly through ease of doing solar analytics and advisory services.
- Pooling demand for solar technology from different countries, thus driving down costs and making solar solutions more accessible and affordable.
- Enhancing access to finance for solar projects by reducing risks and making the sector more attractive to private investment, thereby stimulating investments in solar energy initiatives.
- Expanding access to solar training, data, and insights for solar engineers and energy policymakers, fostering knowledge-sharing and capacity-building in the solar energy sector.
Through these efforts, the ISA is actively working towards achieving its ambitious goals of promoting solar energy adoption, enhancing energy access, and combatting climate change. By collaborating with various stakeholders and implementing innovative strategies, the ISA aims to accelerate the global transition towards a sustainable and renewable energy future.
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What is solar STAR-C?
Solar Technology Application Resource Centres (STAR-C) is a network of regional centers that provide technical assistance and capacity building to countries in developing and emerging economies for the deployment of solar technologies. STAR-C centers are funded by the International Solar Alliance (ISA) and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Who are the beneficiaries of solar STAR-C?
The beneficiaries of solar STAR-C are countries in developing and emerging economies that are interested in deploying solar technologies. STAR-C centers provide technical assistance and capacity building to government officials, private sector actors, and civil society organizations in these countries.