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UPSC Current Affairs – 23-05-2019

In news:

The solar power project by Cochin International Airport Limited (Cial) may soon be a model for similar projects around the world.

In brief:

  • As part of International Solar Alliance (ISA)’s initiative to find out suitable models to be incorporated to achieve its plan of massive deployment of solar energy by 2030.
  • The Cochin International Airport, the country’s first airport built under the PPP model, has a 12 MW solar power plant that started operating from August.
  • The Cochin airport claims to be the world’s first airport to completely operate on solar power.

International Solar Alliance:

  • The International Solar Alliance (ISA) is an alliance of more than 122 countries initiated by India, most of them being sunshine countries, which lie either completely or partly between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of
    Capricorn, now extended to all members of UN.
  • The primary objective of the alliance is to work for efficient exploitation of solar energy to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.
  • This initiative was first proposed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a speech in November 2015 at Wembley Stadium, in which he referred to sunshine countries as Suryaputra (“Sons of the Sun”).
  • The alliance is a treaty-based inter-governmental organization.
  • Countries that do not fall within the Tropics can join the alliance and enjoy all benefits as other members, with the exception of voting rights.

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