For decades, the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) has been promoting the development and application of solar energy technologies worldwide, and it is promising to lead the energy transformation to a 100% renewable energy world this century.

In 1963, ISES was accredited by the United Nations and has been working with UN entities and programs ever since, taking part in important events including the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change COP conferences and the UN Commission on Sustainable Development meetings.

India is home to one of the largest national sections of ISES – the Solar Energy Society of India – and the global body is establishing a formal partnership with India’s International Solar Alliance.

With an atmospheric and environmental sciences background, ISES president David Renné has extensive international renewable energy experience, particularly in Asia and South Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Latin America.

PVL: India has the world’s most ambitious renewable energy target: 175 GW by 2022, of which 100 GW would be solar. Do you think this is achievable?

DR: National solar targets are among the best policy mechanisms to scale up solar energy use, and there is little doubt that India does have the wherewithal to achieve its ambitious solar targets. Even though current installed capacity is way off this target, the country is taking important steps within the national and state governments, utilities, and the private sector, as well as building capacity through educational programs in all aspects of solar energy development – including financing, policy development, manufacturing and project development – to meet this target. It is also taking a very important step by encouraging the build-up of high-quality, in-country module manufacturing capacity.

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