Launch of Green Grids Initiative (GGI)
On Tuesday, PM Narendra Modi and UK Prime Minister Borris Johnson announced the launch of a transnational grid initiative. India’s ambitious program- the Green Grids Initiative (GGI) as part of the One Sun One World One Grid (OSOWOG). The announcement was made in a session on ‘Accelerating Clean Technology‘. The program combines a massive increase in solar and wind power with international grids on every continent. Further connecting energy-rich locations such as sunny deserts and even windy coastlines.
In the session, Modi said, “Modi said, “I am hopeful that a common and strong global grid can be developed through cooperation between ‘One Sun, One World & One Grid’ and ‘Green Grid’ initiatives.” Further, he added that India’s space agency ISRO has come up with a solar calculator App. The application will be useful in deciding the location of solar projects.
What is OSOWOG?
The idea of “One Sun, One World, One Grid” (henceforth OSOWOG) made its first appearance on a global platform in October 2018. It was floated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the first assembly of the International Solar Alliance (ISA). Subsequently, in his 2020 Independence Day speech, Narendra Modi brought up the idea again. He termed it as a mega-plan that aimed at constructing a trans-national electricity grid. As a result, it would supply electricity across the globe in a phased manner.
The major plans of OSOWOG include:
- A step towards achieving a more sustainable source of electricity generation
- To use solar power as a source of continuous renewable energy
- Taking forward the global goal of sustainable development
Which countries are included in the project?
OSOWOG aims at connecting 140 countries through a “common grid” that will be used as a channel for the transfer of solar power. The main objective behind the plan is that “the sun never sets”. As it is always a constant at some of the other geographical locations, it can assist in generating electricity round the clock.
The areas covered will be South Asia, South East Asia, the Middle East, and some of the African countries. However, the whole project will be implemented in three manners. The first phase will cover the Indian grid. The second grid will interconnect some of the power pools of Africa. At last, the final interconnection will be global. It will complete OSOWOG’s vision of interconnecting power transmission grid.
In conclusion, the GGI-OSOWOG initiative is a major step in promoting solar energy. With growing energy demand around the world, the need for harnessing and using renewable sources of energy is a must