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Professor Chetan Singh Solanki Signs On As EARTHDAY.ORG – India Advisor

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EARTHDAY.ORG – India is pleased to announce distinguished Professor Chetan Singh Solanki as an Advisor to the organization. Referred to as “India’s Solar Man,” Prof. Solanki is a visionary who aims for “Solar Swaraj” (self-reliance through solar) for millions. Prof. Solanki’s passion, knowledge, and experience in the solar space will help guide EARTHDAY.ORG as we focus on climate restoration.

“We are indeed privileged to have Professor Solanki join us as an Advisor,” said Karuna Singh, Regional Director of Asia and Country Director of India, EARTHDAY.ORG. “His 11-year journey by bus across India, which he starts shortly, will definitely widen knowledge about the advantages of solar energy across the length and breadth of the country. It is the most remarkable mission I have come across. The advantages of his endeavor will benefit both individuals and our planet.’’

Prof. Solanki is the founder of the Energy Swaraj Foundation. The organization’s motto: ‘Energy by Locals for Locals.’ Prof. Solanki is also the Principal Investigator and lead of the Solar Urja through Localization for Sustainability (SoULS) project at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay that operates out of the National Centre for Photovoltaic Research and Education.

A prolific writer, Prof. Solanki has published over 100 research papers in international journals and at conferences on Solar Photovoltaic (PV). He has also authored several books on the subject, including “Solar PV: Fundamentals, Technologies and Applications” and “Solar PV Technology and Systems: A Manual for Technicians, Trainers and Engineers.” His book, “Renewable Energy Technologies—A Practical Guide for Beginners” won him recognition from India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India in 2011.


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