‘One Sun One World One Grid’ (OSOWOG) initiative proposed by India 

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  • June 6, 2020
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‘One Sun One World One Grid’ (OSOWOG) initiative proposed by India 

Part of: GS-Prelims and GS-II – Global Groupings & GS-III – Energy

In News:

  • OSOWOG initiative was recently proposed by India to set up a framework for facilitating global cooperation which aims at building a global ecosystem of interconnected renewable energy resources that can be easily shared

Key takeaways 

  • Parent Body: The Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) 
  • Objective: To build global consensus about sharing solar resources among more than 140 countries of West Asia and South-East Asia.
  • This grid shall be interconnected with the African power pools also at the later stage. 
  • Proposals are invited from consulting firms for making a long-term OSOWOG road map, and identify two or three cross-border projects that can be initiated within one or two years. 

Important value additions 

India’s other renewable energy-related initiatives 

  • International Solar Alliance (ISA) 
    • It is a treaty-based inter-governmental Organisation. 
    • It aims to deploy over 1,000 GW of solar generation capacity globally.
    • It aims to mobilise investment of over $1 trillion by 2030. 
    • Headquartered: Gurgaon
    • It was established following the Paris Declaration as an alliance dedicated to the promotion of solar energy among its member countries.
  • Presently, electricity is supplied to Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar and Bangladesh.
  • There are now plans to connect Sri Lanka with power transmission lines as well. 
  • India, along with the other countries of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation had signed an agreement to enable cross-border electricity trade among the member states on a voluntary basis in 2014. 
  • Later in August 2018, India also signed a MoU for establishing grid interconnection between the members of the BIMSTEC

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