The Alliance partnered with the World Bank to launch Global Solar Atlas at an ISA event at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi. Global Solar Atlas is a free online tool that indicates the average annual potential of solar electricity at every site in the world and identifies potential sites for solar power generation. The World Bank announced: “This tool will help governments save millions of dollars for their own research and provide investors and solar developers with a unified and easily accessible platform to compare resource potential between sites in a region or several countries.  The initiative was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the India-Africa Summit and a meeting of member countries in the run-up to the 2015 UN climate change conference in Paris in November 2015.   The Framework Agreement of the International Solar Alliance was declared signed in Marrakech (Morocco) in November 2016 and 200 countries have joined. Earlier this month, an amendment to the framework agreement on the creation of the International Solar Alliance came into force, allowing UN member states to join the association, including outside the tropics, as announced by the Foreign Ministry on Friday. The alliance is also known as the International Agency for Solar Policy and Application (IASPA).  For India, possible additional benefits of the alliance may be to strengthen ties with major African countries and strengthen India`s goodwill among them.   It is also seen as an alliance of developing countries to form a single front and to conduct research and development for the production of solar installations in developing countries.  ? The goal of ISA is to bring together countries to respond together to the main common obstacles to the massive use of solar energy in terms of technology, financing and capacity. The aim of is the ISA is to mobilise Member States, to engage, to mobilize international organisations and the private sector to support rural and decentralised applications, access to affordable financing, mini-grid solar networks for islands and villages, roofs and solar e-mobility technologies.
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