At a recent virtual energy conference, NITI Aayog’s CEO Amitabh Kant reintroduced the idea of building an intercontinental solar power grid or the ‘One Sun One World One Grid’ (OSOWOG). This idea was originally proposed by PM Narendra Modi at the first assembly of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) in October 2018.
As a global community, we are living in one of the most challenging moments in recent history caused by an invisible enemy that has disrupted our lives. Despite this, history will in fairness record 2020 as the year when the world came together to fight Covid-19. Given our collective efforts to fight the pandemic, it should not take a lot to understand the power of what we can achieve as a ‘global collective’ and the plan of building a global solar grid is not such a farfetched idea.
Every passing day, the key elements of the big picture in the energy world are only getting more obvious. For more than one reason, the dependence on fossil fuels will continue to drop and we are not very far from a future that will be predominantly run on clean energy.