India’s Growing Imprint on Solar World


Pranav Mehta, Chairman Global Solar Council

NSEFI Chairman and globally acknowledged Solar Leader, Pranav R Mehta

                    takes over as Chairman of ‘Global Solar Council’, Ahmedabad, Jan 8:

Making a significant imprint in the global solar energy domain, India’s visionary solar leader and Chairman of National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI) Pranav R Mehta, on 1st January, 2019, took over as the Chairman of Washington DC-based Global Solar Council (GSC), a private and NGO sector initiative in response to global warming and climate change. GSC primarily aims at accelerating solar growth and spreading and deploying it worldwide, and works hand in hand with international government bodies like ISA, IRENA, REN21, Clean Energy Ministerial etc.

Launched during the landmark UN COP 21 Climate Change dialogue at Paris on 06 December 2015, GSC is an international coalition of over 30 solar countries including China, USA, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Australia, South Africa, Middle East, Israel, Brazil, Mexico, Taiwan, Malaysia etc., country associations as well as large, medium and small solar companies. GSC inked an agreement of cooperation with International Solar Alliance (ISA) at Munich in June 2018 during Inter Solar Munich and has chalked out many activities with ISA including for solar agricultural pumps, capacity building, increased and varied solar applications etc. GSC has a similar agreement with IRENA and is an important player in the IRENA Coalition for Action and its steering committee.

Pranav Mehta, highly regarded as a global solar energy thought leader, has led GSC activities from the front in his earlier capacity as GSC Chair Elect and its Co – Chairman since its inception.

Mehta has been invited by over 15 countries in the last two years to share his vision and experience in India’s impressive solar growth. The visionary started his solar journey way back in 2006 when India was at Zero Megawatts solar capacity and is credited with having played a catalytic and pivotal role in opinion building, emphasis and awareness about the importance of solar energy, integrating the efforts of all solar energy stakeholders including government and private sector as well as the intellectual inputs. Today, India is placed amongst the Top 5 solar players in the world and is third largest solar market. But the suave and low profile attributes the credit to the political will and leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and in equal measure to solar industry players and all stakeholders including the government.

“India’s impressive growth would not have been complete without Prime Minister and his government’s enabling policies, role of proactive bureaucracy and significant contribution of solar industry players in terms of capital investment, technology deployment, employment generation, skill development, innovative financing and above all, achieving cost reduction,” opines  Mehta, who is well known for his work in the area of sustainable development and outgoing environmental and social concerns.

Recognizing his contributions to the solar sector across the world,  Pranav Mehta who has been keeping the Indian flag flying high in the solar arena, has been conferred with the ‘Visionary Disruptor Award’ by Solar Future Today, which he will be receiving on 15th January, 2019 at the sidelines of World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi.

Speaking about GSC’s future plans, Mehta stated, “My heart goes out to the energy have-nots. Moreover, solar energy has a vast potential for poverty alleviation. We at Global Solar Council will thus strive to achieve not only growth but spread of solar energy globally and reach out to those who have no access to energy. To this end we will – together with and in consultation with ISA, IRENA, World Governments and like-minded positive organizations – strive to achieve 1.0 Trillion Mini Grids ensuring decentralized energy, 1.0 Trillion Solar Homes, and 10.0 million jobs by 2030. Of course, we will aim at 1.0 million of each of the above items and then scale it up deploying new storage and other technologies.”

Mr. Sunil Parekh Cheif Corporate Affairs and Strategic Advisor to Zydus Cadila group (1) L-R, KJ Shah, CMD Zodiac Energy Limited, Pranav Mehta, Chairman Global Solar Council and Rajiv Mehta, President Ahmedabad Management Association

L: Sunil Parekh Cheif Corporate Affairs and Strategic Advisor to Zydus Cadila group

R: (LtoR) KJ Shah, CMD Zodiac Energy Limited, Pranav Mehta, Chairman Global Solar Council and Rajiv Mehta, President Ahmedabad Management Association

A strong believer in ‘energy must be generated where consumed’, Pranav Mehta has been advocating the idea of “Khet Khet pe solar” since 2012. The idea of farmers not only making use of electricity generated by the solar units on their land but also sharing the excess with others, was also propounded by NSEFI, under Mr Mehta’s leadership 6 years ago. It is now catching on as the Government of India has come up with KUSUM Yojana and the Govt. of Gujarat with the SKY Yojana.

Today, India has gained sufficient experience to teach and transfer the solar growth policy for comparatively new entrants in Solar Energy. Moreover, India has vast untapped potential for export of Renewable Energy equipment and services.