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Australia signs the international solar alliance



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MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

The Hon Julie Bishop MP

MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY

The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP

19 July 2017

AUSTRALIA SIGNS THE INTERNATIONAL SOLAR ALLIANCE

The Australian Government has formally indicated its intention to join the International Solar Alliance, an important initiative to boost cooperation on new technologies and provide new opportunities for Australia’s world-leading expertise.

The Solar Alliance, led by the Governments of India and France, aims to deepen cooperation on solar research and development, financing mechanisms, and diffusion of solar technology amongst countries in the tropics. It will help broaden energy access, as part of a mix of affordable and secure energy sources, as nation’s work to meet emissions targets under the Paris Agreement.

During a visit to India in April, the Prime Minister announced Australia would join the International Solar Alliance. On her visit to New Delhi this week the Foreign Minister signed a framework agreement while participating in the Australia-India Foreign Minister’s Framework Dialogue.

In sun-rich countries like Australia and India, solar energy has significant potential to help meet the energy demands of growing economies.

Australia is known for its leadership in the solar sector. As a continent rich in solar resources, Australia has significant expertise in remote electrification and developing innovative financing models.

Australia joins 34 other countries in signing the Solar Alliance framework agreement. In joining, Australia looks forward to collaborating with India, France and other members to play a leading role in the Solar Alliance.

Foreign Minister’s Office: Rachel Obradovic 0478 488 874

Environment and Energy Minister’s Office: Kane Silom 0438 225 175