In a matching response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visionary step of forming the International Solar Alliance(ISA),which is essentially a Government initiative, the world solar industry has united to fight climate change.The Global Solar Council (GSC), consisting of various solar associations from around the world, including the world’s largest markets of India, Australia, Brazil, China and other Asian countries, Europe, the Middle East, South America and the United States, was launched at COP 21 climate change events last December at Paris.
India’s well known solar champion and Chairman of the powerful National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI), Pranav R Mehta, was unanimously elected as one of the Co-Chairman of the newly established Global Solar Council at the Paris event in December.The India affiliate office of the Global Solar Council was opened two days ago in New Delhi by John Smirnow, Secretary General of GSC, and Pranav R Mehta, Co-Chairman, in the presence of Shri Tarun Kapoor, Joint Secretary Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Govt. of India, K.S.Popli, CMD,IREDA and other senior government and solar industry leaders including:
Suman Kumar, Director, Sun Edison; R.W.Ghai of Hindustan Clean Energy; Dr.Annapurna Vancheswari, Sr. Director, TERI; Rakesh Kumar, Director, SECI; Pawan Agrawal, President YES Bank; Sanjeev Gupta, NEXGEN Financial Services; and NGOs working in the sector.
This history making event brings together leading solar nations with a successful track record and experience and new and emerging economies. The Global Solar Council is unifying the solar industry at an international level to share best practices, accelerate global market developments and mitigate the disastrous effects of global warming and climate change.
Global Solar Council to Work in Close Cooperation with ISA
This newly established Global Solar Council will work in a complementary manner and in close cooperation with the International Solar Alliance (ISA) announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and will have an affiliated office in New Delhi, amongst similar other global offices.
“Under the leadership of Pranav Mehta and other visionary founders, we will help accelerate the deployment of clean, reliable, emissions-free solar energy worldwide,” said John Smirnow, Secretary General of the Global Solar Council.
“Globally we need to join hands in the area of technology and affordable finance to help accelerate solar adoption, which will ultimately lead to affordable solar energy and mitigation of the adverse effects of global warming and climate change,” added Mr. Mehta.