3rd Assembly of the International Solar Alliance (ISA)

The 3rd Plenary Assembly of the ISA took place from 14 to 16 October 2020 and was attended by representatives from 55 of the 70 full members, 21 signatories and aspiring member countries, ISA partner organisations and selected guests. On 15 October 2020, energy ministers discussed the ISA regional strategies. On 16 October 2020, technical sessions were held on the ISA Coalition for Sustainable Climate Action and the One Sun, One World, One Grid (OSOWOG) initiative. Hon’ble Minister of Power and New and Renewable Energy, Govt. of India, Shri R.K.Singh, President of the Assembly, appealed to the Member States to actively use the ISA and to contribute technical innovations, financing opportunities and knowledge and expertise. Later in the meeting, the ISA Member States reelected India and France as President and Co-President of the ISA Assembly respectively for a renewed term of two years. India and England welcomed the proposal to establish a "World Solar Bank" to accelerate the deployment of solar energy in ISA member countries. An ISA roadmap for mobilising USD 1 trillion in financing for solar projects by 2030 is under development. The roadmap is being developed with support from the World Resources Institute (WRI) in cooperation with the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Climate Works Foundation. In addition to pure solar energy projects, this roadmap shall also look at solar energy applications in the areas of transport, cooling and heating, as well as providing recommendations for the implementation of the vision "One Sun, One World, One Grid". Various ISA initiatives received financial support. 12 companies presented the ISA with cheques worth USD 1 million each. As the incumbent Director General, Shri Upendra Tripathy had withdrawn his candidature for another term, a special meeting was held on 15 February 2021 to elect the upcoming Director General. In result Dr. Ajay Mathur, who is presently the Director General of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), has been announced as the new Director General of International Solar Alliance (ISA). The 4th ISA General Assembly is expected to be held in India from 20 to 22 October 2021.