Australia is the latest country to join the International Solar Alliance.

It becomes the 35th nation to sign up to the initiative, which aims to advance solar energy technologies – and increase access to this source of renewables – via cross-border collaboration.

The French president and prime minister of India introduced the platform just under two years ago, at the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, to bring together an “alliance of countries dedicated to the promotion of solar energy”.

Julie Bishop MP, Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, signed a framework agreement supporting the project on a visit to New Delhi this week.