Renewable energy chiefs welcome British sign-up to International Solar Alliance

Chief Executive Chris Hewett and over a dozen members of the Solar Trade Association joined Upendra Tripathy, Director of the International Solar Alliance (ISA), and DfiD Secretary of State Penny Mordaunt at the London Stock Exchange yesterday as the Brit-Govt formally signed the UK up to the International Solar Alliance.

The International Solar Alliance was launched by India’s prime minister at the 2015 UN Paris Climate Conference. It aims to accelerate take-up of solar power globally with a target of reaching 1000-GW of solar power capacity by 2030.

As a result, there will be new opportunities for the UK to collaborate with the International Solar Alliance on areas such as green finance, solar project development and solar research.

Chris Hewett said: “The UK solar industry has exceptional experience developing high quality, cost-effective solar projects, and on a large scale.

 “Our members are delighted by the ambitions of the International Solar Alliance which are in step with the challenges presented by climate change and which demonstrate the global importance of solar technology.

 “Having the International Solar Alliance standing behind projects will give developers confidence to accelerate deployment in the places that most need solar power.”

Frans Van Den Heuvel, chief executive of British solar power giant Solar Century, which now operates in more than a dozen countries around the world, said: “We are very pleased to see the UK sign up to the International Solar Alliance.

“Solar continues to set records for low costs and speed of deployment, and we look forward to working with ISA to unlock further investment in these regions, and to help roll out solar capacity with the urgency that climate change demands.

“It becomes clearer every year just how substantial a role solar and associated technologies will play in building a low-carbon global energy system fit for this century.

17 Apr 2018

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