Jigar Shah grew up in Sterling, Illinois, a rural town of about 15,000 due west of Chicago. From that unassuming beginning, Shah became the person who unlocked a multi-billion dollar worldwide solar industry with a business model innovation, not a new technology. This model created SunEdison, the largest solar services company worldwide.
SunEdison did not start from a dream, it started when Jigar read a science book as a teen and learned how solar worked. From that day he asked, “why can’t this be everywhere?” It drove him to do something about it. Through SunEdison, Jigar discovered he could make positive change through business and financial model innovation in many industries. Today, as CEO of Jigar Shah Consulting, he works with global companies in a multitude of industries to deploy existing clean energy solutions fueled by new business models.
After SunEdison was sold in 2009, Jigar was appointed the first CEO of the Carbon War Room — the global organization founded by Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Unite to help entrepreneurs address climate change. Carbon War Room, broadened and deepened Jigar’s global knowledge of the myriad of business solutions that will build the next economy.
He sits on the boards of the Carbon War Room, SolarNexus, KMR Infrastructure, and Empower Energies.
Shah holds a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and an MBA from The University of Maryland. And Jigar is proud to be an Eagle Scout.
When Jigar is not busy exploring new business solutions for electricity, agriculture, building efficiency, clean transportation and other sectors, he can usually be found exploring new foods, new travels, or spending time with his family.
Jigar lives in New York with his wife, Khushali.