International Solar Alliance


Name of initiative International Solar Alliance (ISA)
LPAA initiative Yes
NAZCA Initiative Yes
Website address
Related initiatives
Starting year 2015
End year
Secretariat The interim Secretariat of ISA is in National Institute of Solar Energy Campus, Gurugram, Haryana, India 122003. Interim Director general is Upendra Tripathy,, phone: 91 1242853090
Organisational structure The International Solar Alliance (ISA) initiative was launched at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris on 30 November 2015 by Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande. The 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.
Geographical coverage Global
Name of lead organisation International Solar Alliance
Type of lead organisation Other intergovernmental organization
Location/Nationality of lead organisation India


Description 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 (lie International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), International Energy Agency (IEA), Renewable Energy Policy Network for teh 21st Century (REN21), United Nations bodies, bliaterla organization etc.) are currently engaged in, but will establish networks and develop synergies with them and supplement their efforts in a sustainable and focused manner.
Objectives The overarching objective is to create a collaborative platform for increased deployment of solar energy technologies to enhance energy security & sustainable development; improve access to energy and opportunities for better livelihoods in rural and remote areas and to increase the standard of living. ISA will work with partner countries in the identification of national opportunities to accelerate development and deployment of existing clean solar energy technologies, the potential for which largely remains untapped. The increased deployment of solar technologies will benefit the countries in terms of direct and indirect employment opportunities generated and the economic activity that will be triggered through electricity and solar appliance access to predominantly rural households. Across developing countries, it is mostly micro, small and medium enterprises that generate most of the economic activity and are the ones that benefit the most from electricity access, as they will be able to operate into the evening and increase their turnover. Increased deployment will also go a long way in realizing social benefits, for example through solar lanterns that improve educational outcomes from increased study hours, and lead to better health service delivery levels across communities. If a rural primary health clinic has solar lights, it is more likely to be staffed after dark, and therefore it is also more likely to be visited by those who need its services.
Activities To achieve the objectives, ISA, by way of supplementing the national efforts of the member countries, through appropriate means will undertake following activities:
  • Collaborations for joint research, development and demonstration, sharing information and knowledge, capacity building, supporting technology hubs and creating networks.
  • Acquisition, diffusion and indigenization and absorption of knowledge, technology and skills by local stakeholders in the member countries.
  • Creation of expert groups for development of common standards, test, monitoring and verification protocols.
  • Creation of partnerships among country specific technology centres for supporting technology absorption for promoting energy security and energy access.
  • Exchange of officials/ technology specialists for participation in the training programmes on different aspects of solar energy in the member countries.
  • Encourage companies in the member countries to set up joint ventures.
  • Sharing of solar energy development experiences, analysis on short- and longer-term issues in key energy supply, financing practices, business models particularly for decentralized applications and off-grid applications, including creation of local platforms focusing on implementation solutions and grass root participation.
  • Establish new financial mechanisms to reduce cost of capital in the renewable energy sector and innovative financing to develop;
One or two success stories achieved

Monitoring and Impacts

Sustainable Development Impact:
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Function of initiative Technical dialogue, Implementation
Activity of initiative Knowledge dissemination and exchange, Goal setting (ex-ante)
Goals ISA has two ongoing work programmes, on scaling solar applications for agricultural use, and mobilising affordable finance at scale.
Comments on indicators and goals
How will goals be achieved
Have you changed or strenghtened your goals
Progress towards the goals Tracking mitigation progress: 3 work programmes for solar energy. Workshops: Several workshop held every year.
How are you tracking progress of your initiative ISA issues a journal every quarter at:

Available reporting


Participants Number Names
Members 121  
Companies 0
Business organisations 0
Research and educational organisations 0
Non-governmental organisations 0
National states 121 Algeria,  Antigua and Barbuda,  Angola,  Argentina,  Australia,  Bahamas,  Bangladesh,  Barbados,  Belize,  Benin,  Bolivia,  Botswana,  Brazil,  Brunei,  Burkina Faso,  Burundi,  Cambodia,  Cameroon,  Cape Verde,  Central African Republic,  Chad,  Chile,  China,  Colombia,  Comoros,  Congo – Democratic Republic of,  Congo - Republic of,  New Zealand,  Costa Rica,  Ivory Coast,  Cuba,  Djibouti,  Dominica,  Dominican Republic,  Ecuador,  Egypt,  El Salvador,  Equatorial Guinea,  Eritrea,  Ethiopia,  Fiji,  France,  Gabon,  Gambia,  Ghana,  Grenada,  Guatemala,  Guinea,  Guinea-Bissau,  Guyana,  Haiti,  Honduras,  India,  Indonesia,  Jamaica,  Japan,  Kenya,  Kiribati,  Laos,  Liberia,  Libya,  Madagascar,  Malawi,  Malaysia,  Maldives,  Mali,  Marshall Islands,  Mauritania,  Mauritius,  Mexico,  Micronesia,  Mozambique,  Myanmar,  Namibia,  Nauru,  Netherlands,  Nicaragua,  Niger,  Nigeria,  Oman,  Palau,  Panama,  Papua New Guinea,  Paraguay,  Peru,  Philippines,  Rwanda,  St. Lucia,  Saint Kitts and Nevis,  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines,  Samoa,  Sao Tome and Principe,  Saudi Arabia,  Senegal,  Seychelles,  Sierra Leone,  Singapore,  Solomon Islands,  Somalia,  South Africa,  South Sudan,  Sri Lanka,  Sudan,  Suriname,  Tanzania,  Thailand,  Timor-Leste,  Togo,  Tonga,  Trinidad and Tobago,  Tuvalu,  Uganda,  United Arab Emirates,  United Kingdom,  USA,  Vanuatu,  Venezuela,  Vietnam,  Yemen,  Zambia,  Zimbabwe.
Governmental actors 0
Regional / state / county actors 0
City / municipal actors 0
Intergovernmental organisations 0
Financial Institutions 0
Faith based organisations 0
Other members 0
Supporting partners 0
Number of members in the years
Have only national states as participators No


Transport Agriculture Forestry Business Financial institutions Buildings Industry Waste Cities and subnational governments Short Term Pollutants International maritime transport Energy Supply Fluorinated gases Energy efficiency Renewable energy Supply chain emission reductions Adaptation Other Resilience Innovation Energy Access and Efficiency Private Finance
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Last update: 23 July 2019 11:59:51

Not only have national states as participators