The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the International Solar Alliance (ISA) have pledged to deepen their cooperation and accelerate solar energy deployment.
This was realised last week after Adnan Z Amin, IRENA Director General, signed a Joint Declaration with Upendra Tripathy, the Interim Director General of ISA.
“Driven by remarkable cost declines, innovative policies and new business models, solar energy has emerged as the fastest growing renewable energy worldwide. There is an immense opportunity at hand to bring its benefits to more and more countries around the world,” said Mr Amin.
“IRENA estimates that solar must account for at least 35 per cent of global power capacity by 2050 to meet the objectives the Paris Agreement on climate,” he added.
“In this context, IRENA stands ready to work with ISA and its members to scale-up solar energy deployment as a means to expanding affordable, reliable and sustainable energy access, as well as to addressing climate and energy security concerns.
“IRENA looks forward to strengthening collaboration with ISA, sharing its knowledge and experience, and making available its project facilitation tools and platforms.”
Mr Tripathy said: “While solar is fast becoming one of the most cost-effective ways to generate new power and deliver energy access, to deploy fast enough, complementarity must exist between our work and the broader renewable energy mandate and development tools established by IRENA.
“This fusion of capabilities will help to catalyse solar development in line with the goals set out under the Paris Agreement.”
Driven by rapid advances in technology and economies of scale, the cost of electricity from solar photovoltaics decreased by almost 70% between 2010 and 2016. IRENA estimates that average cost of electricity from solar photovoltaics can decrease by further 60% in the coming decade.
Solar power is also a significant employer of people worldwide, with around 3.1 million jobs working in the sector in 2016.