There is no specific body in place to address the specific solar technology
deployment needs of the solar resource rich countries located between the Tropic
of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. Most of these countries are
geographically located for optimal absorption of the sun’s rays. There is a
great amount of sunlight year-round which can lead to cost effective solar power
and other end useswith high insolation of almost 300 sunny days in a year. Most
of the countries have large agrarian populations. Many countries face gaps in
the potential solar energy manufacturing eco-system. Absence of universal energy
access, energy equity and affordability are issues common to most of the solar
resource rich countries.
International Solar Alliance (ISA) is conceived as a coalition of solar resource rich countries to address their special energy needs and will provide a platform to collaborate on addressing the identified gaps through a common, agreed approach. It will not duplicate or replicate the efforts that others (like International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership(REEEP), International Energy Agency (IEA), Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), United Nations bodies, bilateral organizations etc.) are currently engaged in, but will establish networks and develop synergies with them and supplement their efforts in a sustainable and focused manner.