International Solar Alliance Framework Agreement beneficial to Dominica

by: Dominica Vibes News - March 12, 2018
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Minister for Foreign & CARICOM Affairs, Francine Baron (file photo)

Having signed the International Solar Alliance Framework Agreement, Dominica stands to benefit immensely.

This according to Minister for Foreign Affairs and CARICOM Affairs Francine Baron who during her remarks said a commitment has been made to make Dominica the first climate resilient nation in the world.

She said available opportunities in using solar to become more resilient can be explored.

“The ISA has already launched three programs, namely Scaling Up Solar Applications for Agricultural Use, Affordable Finance and Scale and Scaling Up Solar Mini Grids; from which we can benefit,” she said.

It will also have a capacity building component, which will facilitate the building of a pool of local technicians and entrepreneurs and will help impact training in assembling solar home lighting systems, solar pumps and solar mini grids among others.

ISA the minister added can also support the establishment of solar street lights around the country, advise on productive solar applications in agriculture for increasing farmers income and help in the design and implementation of solar system to power the water systems in remote areas among other things.

She added that she will sure ISA will provide Dominica the opportunity to ensure that other systems powered by solar are in place especially in times of disasters.

“There is potential with being part of this solar alliance for us to look at areas where we can develop solar systems that can benefit us in the event that we are hit by another such storm…we have to ensure that we use the technology that is available to us,” Baron said.