Modi & Johnson to launch global solar power grid 

Posted: October 16, 2021 by oldbrew in climate, COP26, Energy, Politics
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Nyngan solar plant, Australia [image credit: Wikipedia]

They’re going to have to do a lot of digging for all those solar panel ingredients. Try not to make too much mess chaps, and let’s keep quiet about all the ‘carbon’ emitted in the process. Climate fantasies rumble on.
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NEW DELHI: India and the United Kingdom will jointly launch the Green Grids Initiative-One Sun One World One Grid (GGI-OSOWOG) — a trans-national grid to transport solar power to different countries — during world leaders’ summit at the beginning of the 26th session of the UN climate change conference (COP26) in Glasgow, UK in the first week of November, says the Times of India.

The initiative, announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi three years ago, will be endorsed in the form of a political declaration by the fourth general assembly of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) during October 18-21.

Sources said Modi would attend the world leaders’ summit on November 1-2 at COP26 and launch it with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in presence of other heads of state/government. An official confirmation to this effect would be conveyed to the UK soon, they added.

US President Joe Biden, Australian PM Scott Morrison and other leaders will also attend the summit during the first half of the COP26 which would see countries finalise rules of carbon market mechanism (Article 6) under the Paris Agreement. The Article 6 rules are the last piece of the Agreement which are yet to be finalised.

Implementation of the OSOWOG will revolve around the concept that the ‘Sun Never Sets’ and is, therefore, a constant at some geographical location, globally, at any given point of time. The ISA, which was jointly launched by India and France on the side-lines of the COP21 in Paris in 2015, will be the implementing body of the global grid.

The ISA fourth general assembly next week will be an occasion where 80-member countries of this inter-governmental body see how to go about the OSOWOG in a manner which may help the world reach its collective mitigation goal of limiting global warming at 1.5 degree C by 2050 from the pre-industrial (1850-1900) levels.

The assembly will deliberate on the strategic plan of the ISA for the next five years. It will cover different issues including strategy for private sector engagement. Besides updates on ‘One Sun One World One Grid’ initiative, the ‘Trillion Dollars Solar Investment Roadmap for 2030’ will also be the focus of the ISA meet.

According to the ISA’s concept note on OSOWOG, the global solar grid will be implemented in three phases.

Full article here.

  1. Gamecock says:

    ‘India and the United Kingdom will jointly launch the Green Grids Initiative-One Sun One World One Grid (GGI-OSOWOG) — a trans-national grid to transport solar power to different countries’

    Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco better watch out!

    ‘Implementation of the OSOWOG will revolve around the concept that the ‘Sun Never Sets’ and is, therefore, a constant at some geographical location, globally, at any given point of time.’

    Uhhh, no. Half of it is over the Atlantic or Pacific. Earth is more water than land. India and the United Kingdom are STUPID. REALLY, REALLY STUPID.

    ‘Sources said Modi would attend the world leaders’ summit on November 1-2 at COP26 and launch it with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in presence of other heads of state/government.’

    The stupid leaders will nod their heads in agreement. Because they don’t know that the world is 71% water. I say stupid, and not ignorant, because you just can’t not know it.

    This is hilarious!

  2. Curious George says:

    Will the India-UK power connector run around Africa, or through the Suez Canal?

  3. ivan says:

    Complete stupidity. They seem to have forgotten about clouds as well as power loss over long distance power cables.

    I suppose it does make good copy for the MSM and support the green agenda – the problem is just who is paying for grand gesture.

  4. RexAlan says:

    The acronym OSOWOG just about says it all, how stupid can they get.

  5. Paul Vaughan says:

    never heard of this initiative — instant curiosity upon learning of it just now (probably a really naive question) : does this have something to do with the intensely controversial land reforms?

  6. oldbrew says:

    A few more details on the Green Grids Initiative-One Sun One World One Grid.

    It has been taken up under the technical assistance program of the World Bank.

    With India in the middle, the solar spectrum can easily be divided into two broad zones, which are:
    Far East including countries likes Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand, Lao, Cambodia etc.
    Far West covering the Middle East and the Africa Region.

    It will be implemented in three phases:
    First phase will connect the Indian grid with the Middle East, South Asia and South-East Asian grids to share solar and other renewable energy resources
    Second phase will connect the first phase nations with the African pool of renewable sources
    Third phase will be the concluding step of global interconnection

    Johnson and Modi are just announcing it.

  7. Phoenix44 says:

    Stupidity never sets.

    It’s amazing how often supposedly highly intelligent people fall for grandiose but absurd schemes. They have to save the world with 2-3 massive projects or changes that invariably fail.

  8. tallbloke says:

    One ring-main to rule them all…

    … and in the darkness bind them.

  9. Paul Vaughan says:

    next curiosity: a map of locations
    with state boundaries clearly visible

  10. watersider says:

    Speaking of this upcoming Green High Mass in Scotland’s most deprived town of Glasgow – many of the really really really important ones will be staying at Gleneagles which is still i believe Scotland’s only 5 and a half star hostel.
    The taxpayers have purchased 20 top of the range Skalectric cars to ferry them the 50 miles to their swarie.
    Unfortunately there is only ONE socket in the hotel to charge the Mickey Mouse cars. No problem – they have hired a bunch of diesel gennies to charge them.
    The “you could not make this shitt up” expression is becoming obsolete.

    [reply] there’s a rumour of chip fat instead of diesel 🤨

  11. Phil Salmon says:

    Back in the real world, of more relevance is the major announcement of a nuclear power commitment led by France 🇫🇷 and 8 east European countries – that is, countries in the EU willing to defy Germany and go nuclear:

    Nine EU countries have signed a joint statement backing the future use of nuclear energy to fight against climate change effectively. According to the joint statement, nuclear energy represents a reliable energy source to secure a low-carbon future. The statement has been signed by a group of countries, including Czechia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Finland, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.

    A big part of this is a major new investment by France in small modular reactors. This is the most important current development in European energy policy. A major act of defiance of Germany, which is to be applauded.

  12. tallbloke says:

    Phil S, that will hopefully prod UK govt into giving Rolls Royce the go-ahead on SMRs too.

  13. Phil Salmon says:

    Why don’t they call it the

    “ Green On-Lights Long-range Interlinked World One Grid”


  14. Phil Salmon says:

    giving Rolls Royce the go-ahead

    You mean they haven’t yet?

    British government and long term decisions? Not naturally to be found in the same sentence. Princess Nutnutz is probably antinuclear.

  15. Gamecock says:

    “Nine EU countries have signed a joint statement backing the future use of nuclear energy to fight against climate change effectively.”

    Using nuclear energy to produce electricity would be a better goal.

    “Fight against climate change effectively” is gibberish. Seriously, I think Czechia, Poland and Hungary are smarter than this. I suspect Euractiv added this nonsense.

    The linked joint statement doesn’t clarify:

    ‘Zašto je Europljanima potrebna nuklearna energija.’

  16. tallbloke says:

    Meanwhile, in Australia…

  17. oldbrew says:

    Queensland noticed the Sun isn’t an on-demand energy source. A difficult concept for deluded ‘climate change fighters’.
    – – –
    How the Modi-Johnson grid proposes to divide up the power between competing countries remains to be seen. One country running others out of power seems a possibility at least. Data centres, Bitcoin etc. are big consumers of electricity. Then there’s India’s vast population…

  18. tallbloke says:

    “The headlong rush to ‘carbon neutral’ has been achieved by a potent mix of groupthink shot through, no doubt, with laudable sentiment. Sadly however, common sense and rational analysis were jettisoned when David Miliband piloted the 2008 Climate Change Act through the Commons.

    At every turn, elected representatives, supposedly with their constituents’ best interests at heart, abrogated detailed examination of the Act and (with a handful of notable exceptions) voted to pass this absurd legislation.

    The early and financially unpleasant consequences of this calamitous regulation are already making themselves known but compared to what is coming down the line it is chickenfeed.

    Green levies on energy bills, rocketing costs of gas, a creaking energy infrastructure, wind turbines standing proudly idle, solar power not delivering as expected and on top of this, industries pleading with the Government for loans to help them through this difficult time.

    Far from admitting errors and suggesting a pause for mature, sober reflection and re-calculation, we are served a doubling down on the dogma. The media are awash with ‘talking heads’ hectoring us to ‘go greener faster’ and the battalions of ‘eco-warriors’ happy to inconvenience the working public, the sick and those most vulnerable are allowed to run riot.

    The public have been brainwashed by a compliant and unquestioning media into accepting that all this change has an air of righteous inevitability about it. The sad spectacle of our monarch recently being dragooned into bolstering the green cause was a nadir I never thought we would witness.

    The imbecilic setting of unilateral goals will wreak untold harm on energy intensive industries. Currently, we are enjoying an early amuse-bouche of what awaits us further down the line as self-imposed legal deadlines draw ever nearer. The current fiasco of the wholesale price of gas, alongside industry bailouts (or ‘loans’ as the Treasury euphemistically calls them), should be a deafening klaxon heard the length and breadth of the UK.

    The ever-escalating domestic fuel bills are an obscene stain on a country that sits atop huge untapped reserves of shale gas that could literally bring about a revolution in energy. Far from embracing this asset, we have allowed ourselves to be browbeaten by a cabal of interested parties into rejecting the one resource that could transform both the fortunes of the country and its people.

    The jamboree of virtue signalling taking place from the end of this month in Glasgow would, in the real world, rightly be excoriated for what it is. The spectacle of wealthy individuals lecturing the put-upon electorate as to how they should accept wholesale, economically and socially damaging changes to their lifestyle in pursuit of some unattainable Arcadia will be a nauseating spectacle. More so when we wave them off cosseted in their private jets, no doubt congratulating each other on a job well done.

    In the real world, the old and those struggling to make ends meet will simply be collateral damage in this headlong rush to Nirvana. The Labour Party, still ostentatiously trumpeting themselves as being on the side of the working man (or person) should be ashamed. Content to see a supposedly first world economy needlessly push hard-working families below the poverty line, happy to see older people choosing between ‘heat or eat’ and oblivious to the suffering of children. What a shocking indictment of the chasm that now exists between the governed and government.

    The recent Conservative Party conference would have been an ideal platform for Boris Johnson to level with the electorate, explain their thinking and present detail costed plans. Absent was any discussion of how people can fund expensive heat pumps, no talk of how homes need considerable remedial work to accommodate the same, no discussion of where the electricity will come from to power them – let alone power the battalions of electric cars shortly to be on our roads. Instead, we were treated to a second-rate ‘end of the pier’ knockabout routine larded with WEF slogans The public are being misled and the government’s mendacity will at some stage be all too apparent. Regrettably, when that moment comes, the progenitors of this farce will have left the stage, cosy with their taxpayer-funded pensions and sinecures.

    Those pious nostrums that currently tumble so easily from the mouths of politicians from all sides should be chiselled into a large monument. A monument that we can all spit at as we silently and sullenly realise how the whole country has been betrayed by hubris, incompetence and stupidity.

    Whilst GB Ltd accounts for less than 1 per cent of global carbon emissions and the world’s largest producers cannot even bother to attend our carnival of indulgence, it is an unedifying thought that this endeavour, costing hundreds of billions of pounds and causing multiple hardships, crippling costs and upheaval will have not an atom of impact in the grand scheme of things.

    ‘We are looking for a futile gesture . . .’

    We have certainly found it in this Government and its lackeys happy to prop up this rickety narrative at our cost.”

  19. oldbrew says:

    Seconds out…

    Sunday 17 October 2021
    Chasm widens between Sunak and Johnson on cost of net zero

    Johnson is preparing to put the UK at the forefront of global efforts to fight climate change as host of the Cop26 next month, while Sunak is thought to be positioning himself as climate sceptic.

  20. tallbloke says:

    Few of us would be able to read the histories of the 21st century, given that they are likely to be written in Chinese, but assuming that some kind of translation is available to a few westerners who, like Cornish-speakers today, gather in pubs to keep alive their own languages, the years 2020-21 will go down as the great turning point. First, there was Covid, which may be deemed to be the moment that the locked-down masses of the West recognised the superiority of authoritarianism over democracy. Then came COP26, the conference at which the West agreed to its own economic self-destruction.

    Tomorrow, we will find out how the government proposes to decarbonise our central heating. It looks as if new gas boilers will be banned by 2035, to be replaced either by heat pumps – which homeowners will be enticed to install with bungs of £5000 a time – or hydrogen boilers. There is no guarantee that the former will work effectively in the eight million British homes with solid walls – many of them modest terraced homes in former Red Wall seats. As for hydrogen boilers the government is planning, initially at least, to power them with ‘blue hydrogen’ manufactured from natural gas. It stands to reason that this will increase the cost of heating a property – you cannot convert one fuel into another fuel without adding expense.

    The government’s heat strategy looks like being the same old story: the poor, through levies on their gas bills, will subsidise the rich. As for the ‘green jobs’ we are promised, they will be whisked away to Asia. It will be Chinese factories that end up manufacturing our heat pumps and hydrogen boilers – just as it is they who have won the lion’s share of the wind turbine business, with seven of the top ten manufacturers based in the country. Why does anyone expect it to be any different when UK manufacturers are saddled not just with higher labour costs but with energy bills swelled by punitive green levies? The biggest industrial users pay 84 per cent more for their electricity than even their counterparts in the EU. While we are condemning our industries to a future of pricey and intermittent green energy, the Chinese government last week made it clear that energy security will come above cutting carbon emissions – that it will carry on building coal plants, albeit ones that are a little cleaner than before. Yes, your hydrogen boiler, like your local wind farm, will be made courtesy of copious quantities of Chinese coal.

    Meanwhile, the Chinese government is doing all it can to exploit the desperation of the West to get it to sign up to green pledges. It has demanded that the whole issue be discussed in the wider political context. Thus the West has gone quiet on the fate of the Uighurs and the final death of democracy in Hong Kong. Neither has the US – which used to rattle sabres whenever the Soviets upped the ante in the arms race – raised the least objection to the news that China flew a hypersonic glide missile around the world in August: a slower missile which could have the ability to penetrate America’s anti-missile shield.

    In return for the silence, China has agreed to set a few carbon-reduction targets. But don’t expect too much. The country is already rowing back on its loose aspiration to reach Net Zero by 2060, suggesting last week that the target might be relaxed. Its more immediate carbon-reduction targets, by contrast, are couched in terms of reducing emissions per unit of GDP – in other words it is making it clear that it will not sacrifice an ounce of economic growth in order to go green.

    President Xi Jinping, we learned last week, will not be travelling to Cop26. No wonder he doesn’t want to come. He wouldn’t be able to stop himself laughing at how he has already turned the event to his advantage.

  21. tallbloke says:

  22. Paul Vaughan says:

    Roger, major left AND right parties are leaving collateral damage (old, disabled, struggling, etc.)
    The left and right SHARE responsibility for “fear caste” $STING inequality.
    Both have gone too far.

  23. Paul Vaughan says:

    i’m curious to see a map of where the installations will be WITH provincial Indian borders CLEARLY visible on the map of installation locations (some of you may realize WHY)

  24. Gamecock says:

    BWTM: Electricity output from PV solar is limited. It’s not great. A world network of linked solar installations might provide enough electricity to run Starbucks. That’s about it.

    Even if Modi-Johnson OSOWOG were possible, the output would be trivial. This is such a joke!

  25. oldbrew says:

    The assembly will deliberate on the strategic plan of the ISA for the next five years.

    So much for the climate *emergency*.

  26. tallbloke says:

    Re Sunak and Carrie Antoinette

  27. oldbrew says:

    Does £1.4 trillion ring any bells?

    UK fiscal watchdog puts cost of reaching net zero at £1.4 trillion

  28. oldbrew says:

    Bill Gates is a businessman, but Boris Johnson isn’t?

    Bill Gates and Boris Johnson launch £200m green investment plan

    The partnership [sic] will look to improve investment and further develop hydrogen, energy storage, SAF and direct air capture tech

  29. Phil Salmon says:


    “Nine EU countries have signed a joint statement backing the future use of nuclear energy to fight against climate change effectively.”

    France are parading their eastern EU captive market (for their SMRs) like a harem.

  30. Paul Vaughan says:


    “everybody’s goin’II The Party‘”

  31. Paul Vaughan says:

    time index 220 “why don’t?…”
    answer: 236….

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