Mr. Shah is CEO of Jigar Shah Consulting, focusing on the key issues necessary to implement profitable solutions to climate change. These solutions will unlock $5 Trillion into the economy by 2020. Until earlier this year, Mr. Shah also served as CEO of the Carbon War Room, a non-profit organization whose mission is to harness the power of entrepreneurs to unlock market-driven solutions to climate change.
On September 26, 2013, his new book “Creating Climate Wealth” was published. Subtitled “Unlocking the Impact Economy,” it examines how climate change – the biggest challenge of our time – can be turned into a $10 trillion dollar wealth-creating opportunity. Mr. Shah argues that, while new technical innovation is valuable, deployment of existing technologies are the key to reaching our near-term climate targets, and that business model innovation is the key to attract mainstream capital and unlock transformational change.
Previously, Mr. Shah was the Founder and CEO of SunEdison, LLC. SunEdison is the world’s leading solar services company. SunEdison revolutionized the solar industry through the implementation of the power purchase agreement (PPA) business model, an innovation that is recognized as the key catalyst that turned solar PV into a multi-billion dollar industry worldwide. SunEdison was sold to MEMC for over $200 million.
Previously, Mr. Shah managed mergers & acquisitions, corporate strategy, and sales efforts for BP Solar.
Shah holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Maryland.
He sits on the Boards of Directors of Empower Energies, Carbon War Room, SolarNexus, KMR Infrastructure, Prometheus Institute, and Greenpeace USA.
Empower Energies Board Director Jigar Shah TEDx Talk “Technology Can Solve the Energy Crisis”