The first conference of the India-initiated International Solar Alliance (ISA) will be held here on March 11, an official announcement was made here on Thursday.
“We are expecting heads of state from France, Sri Lanka, Seychelles, Ghana, Australia, Venezuela and Bangladesh,” T S Tirumurti, Secretary (Economic Relations) in the Ministry of External Affairs, told reporters here.
He said India and France will co-host the mega event in the presence of French President Emmanuel Macron.
He said the Summit would discuss various projects being prepared by different countries in areas, including rural electrification, off grid solar, water supply and irrigation.
New and Renewable Energy Secretary Anand Kumar said India has already achieved 17 GW of solar power generation capacity.
“The founding conference of the ISA on March 11 at the Rashtrapati Bhavan cultural centre,” said T.S. Tirumurti.
The ISA was launched at the UN Conference of Parties (CoP) climate summit in Paris on November 30, 2015 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and then French President Francois Hollande.
It is seen as a platform to collaborate on dealing with the identified gaps through a common, agreed approach.
It is open to all 121 prospective member countries falling between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.