ISA hosts Special Lecture and Panel Discussion on Tackling Climate Challenge
The ISA and the Rockefeller Foundation are working together to provide support to least developed countries and small island developing states with the implementation of innovative solar projects.
March 21, 2023. By Anurima Mondal
While delivering a special lecture on the theme ‘Tackling the Climate Crisis by Dramatically Expanding Access to Renewable Technologies Across the Developing World’, Rajiv J. Shah said, “By scaling technologies like solar mini-grids, Indian innovators have demonstrated that access to affordable, reliable power is possible at scale.” He added that “solar, wind, and other renewable technologies can empower people around the world – finally ending energy poverty – and India can help lead the way.”
The ISA and the Rockefeller Foundation are working together to provide support to least developed countries and small island developing states with the implementation of innovative solar projects and by building resilience in key sectors such as agriculture and health. The projects supported through this partnership are expected to enable faster replication across other countries.
Dr. Ajay Mathur underlined the inevitability of renewables, in his opening address, saying, “The tipping point in the rise of solar as a global choice of clean energy has been reached. The rise in investment flows into the sector, the technological innovations, combined with the coupling ability of the technology, which spreads across applications, is paving the field for formidable ambitions and subsequent achievements. Political will defined through efficient policies is the way forward for solar-powered solutions. If successfully scaled, they can be the game-changer in the global energy transition by helping countries meet their climate goals.”
The programme proceedings included a panel discussion, themed, ‘Accelerating Renewables Deployment’ moderated by Mihir Sharma, Director, Centre for the Economy and Growth, Observer Research Foundation and featured Rupesh Agarwal, CEO, Azure Power; Simon Harford, CEO, Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet (GEAPP); Anita George, Co-Founder, Edhina Capital and Navroz Dubash, Professor, Centre for Policy Research as panellists.
The panel emphasised that consuming electricity is pivotal for households and communities to lift themselves out of poverty. The opportunity is enormous, but project development takes time. Increasing technology access, adoption, and blended finance are some of the answers. Innovations in technology have ensured the megawatt to gigawatt transition, but other vital aspects of addressing institutional and policy issues need to be resolved. A wide array of solutions and partnerships need to be aligned for a people-centric transition.
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