PM Modi Calls for Global Solar Power Grid at COP 26 Summit

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi addressing at the dedication of two future-ready Ayurveda institutions (Institute of Teaching & Research in Ayurveda (ITRA), Jamnagar and the National Institute of Ayurveda (NIA), Jaipur) to the nation, on the 5th Ayurveda Day via video conferencing, in New Delhi on November 13, 2020.

At COP26 Summit in Glasgow, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for ‘One Sun, One World, One Grid’ to improve the viability of solar power. He also announced that India’s space agency ISRO will soon provide the world a calculator that can measure solar energy potential of any region across the globe.


Emphasising that everything is created from Sun, he said “In India, it has been mentioned in the ancient text, in the Suryopanishad, that everything is created from the Sun, the source of all energy is the Sun and it is the energy from the Sun that nurtures all. Ever since there has been life on earth, the life cycle of all living beings, the daily routine has been linked with the rising and setting of the Sun.”


He further said that fossil fuel powered many nations to become wealthy during the industrial revolution, but it made the earth and environment poor.

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Accelerating Clean Technology, he said that fossil fuel powered many nations to become wealthy during the industrial revolution, but it made the earth and environment poor. However, today, technology has presented us with a better alternative, he added.

Citing the ‘Suryopanishad’, Modi said that everything was born from Sun, Sun is the only source of energy and solar energy can take care of everyone. Till the time this connection with nature was maintained, the planet stayed protected and healthy, Modi said.

“However, in modern times and in the eagerness to race ahead, man disturbed the balance of nature and caused great harm to the environment. If we want to re-establish a life in balance with nature, the path to this life can only be lit by our Sun. In order to protect the future of mankind, we must go together with the Sun, he said.

Calling for ‘One Sun, One World, One Grid’, Modi said it was the solution to tackle the challenge of solar power available only during the day.

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In one hour, the earth’s atmosphere receives enough sunlight to power the electricity needed by every human being on earth for a year. This unlimited energy is completely clean and sustainable. The only challenge is that solar energy is only available during the day and is dependent on weather conditions. One Sun, One World, One Grid is a solution for this very challenge.

A worldwide grid will enable us to provide clean energy everywhere at all times. It will also reduce the need for storage and increase the viability of solar projects. It will not only reduce carbon footprint and cost of energy, but open up new avenues for cooperation between different regions and different countries.

I am confident that the harmonisation between One Sun, One world, One Grid’ and the Green Grid Initiative (GGI) will help in developing a joint and robust global grid, the prime minister said.

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