Today, technology has given us a great alternative, Prime Minister Modi remarked

Stressing upon the enormous energy potential of the Sun, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday hailed ‘One Sun, One World, One Grid’ initiative to improve the viability of solar projects.

The Prime Minister in his remarks at the session on ‘Accelerating Clean Technology Innovation and Deployment’ at COP26 Summit in Glasgow said synergy of One Sun: One World: One Grid and Green-Grid Initiatives will lead to the development of a cohesive and robust global grid.

Welcoming the launch of ‘One Sun, One World, One Grid’ initiative he said, “With the initiatives from the International Solar Alliance and the UK’s Green Grid Initiative, my many-year-old vision of ‘One Sun, One World, One Grid’ got a concrete shape today".

Noting that the industrial revolution was fuelled by fossil fuels, PM Modi observed that many countries have prospered by the use of fossil fuels, but our earth, our environment have become poor.

He said the race for fossil fuels also created geo-political tensions.

But, today technology has given us a great alternative, the Prime Minister pointed out.

Quoting the Surya Upanishad that says ‘everything has originated from the Sun, the source of all energy is the Sun, everything is sustained by the energy of the Sun’, he stated that ever since life originated on Earth, the life cycle of all living beings, and their routine, has been linked to the sunrise and sunset.

As long as this natural connect has continued, our planet remained healthy, the PM Modi maintained.

“The quantum of energy that the entire human race consumes in a year, the sun gives the same amount of energy to the earth in one hour. And this enormous energy is completely clean, sustainable. The only challenge is that solar energy is available only during the day and is also weather dependent,” he said.

Noting that ‘One Sun, One World, One Grid’ is a solution to this challenge, the Prime Minister said that that clean energy from a world-wide grid will be available everywhere at all times.

“This will also reduce the need for storage and increase the viability of solar projects. This creative initiative will not only reduce the carbon footprint and cost of energy, but will also open a new avenue of cooperation between different regions and countries,” he argued.

PM Modi also announced that the Indian Space Research Agency (ISRO) is going to present a solar calculator application to the world.

“With this calculator, the solar power potential of any place in the world can be measured based on satellite data. This application will be useful in deciding the location of solar projects and will also strengthen 'One Sun, One World, One Grid',” he said.