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ISA: Germany joins international solar alliance

Germany joins the International Solar Alliance (ISA). That is what the federal cabinet decided. The ISA, based near New Delhi, currently has 75 members and aims to accelerate the expansion of solar energy.

Germany already expressed its interest in becoming a member of the ISA some time ago, reports the Federal Ministry of Economics. However, membership has hitherto been opposed to a geographical membership restriction in the framework agreement of the ISA. So far, only "sunny" states with territories near the equator have been able to become members. Since the abolition of these geographical restrictions in January 2021, Germany has been able to join the ISA as an important multilateral format for promoting solar energy.

"Being a pioneer in climate policy also means investing in a global energy transition," says the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Gerd Müller (CSU). Over a gigawatt of solar energy has been built up worldwide through German development policy in recent years. "In the end, a global energy transition is also an investment in our own future."

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The ISA is aiming for the expansion of 1,000 GW of solar capacity by 2030, especially in the countries between the northern and southern tropics (approx. 2,600 km north and south of the equator), including the mobilization of the necessary financing. As a member of the ISA, Germany could play an active role in the future so that the still young organization “develops its full potential in the best possible way in cooperation with other international energy organizations”.

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