ISA Summit: French President Macron Applauds India's Efforts In Promoting Solar Energy

NEW DELHI: As world leaders gathered here to discuss ways to promote more efficient and feasible methods of harnessing solar energy for power generation, visiting French President Emmanuel Macron today pledged over $860 million for solar projects in developing countries and lauded India’s efforts in making International Solar Alliance (ISA) a reality.

“We make Delhi this weekend, the world capital of the Sun,” he said in a tweet in French.

The French president in 2015 joined hands with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to cobble together a solar alliance of over 120 nations, situated between the two tropics.

On Sunday, the alliance held its first summit in Delhi, which was attended by heads of 23 nations and 10 ministerial representatives.

Macron applauds India’s efforts

The French President applauded India’s efforts for showing the world the way in scaling up solar power generation capacity.

"India proves that it is possible. What you are in the process of succeeding in doing is being watched by the entire world," he said.

Renewable capacity in India has, within two years, gone up from 39 GW to 63 GW, while that of solar energy has soared by 140 percent.

"You are attracting investment, you are supporting them, you are training young people and so this is what we shall be doing. This is what 121 countries of the alliance in Asia, Africa, Latin America shall be doing," Macron added.

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