Prof. Solanki has been referred to as “Solar Man of India” by Times of India, The Hindu and
India Today. Some people also call him “Solar Gandhi”. Known for his remarkable work in
the field of Solar, he is an educator, innovator, researcher, entrepreneur, and author.
He had led major solar projects at Indian Institute of Technology Bombay including the
National Centre for Photovoltaic Research and Education (NCPRE) and the Solar Urja
through Localization for Sustainability (SoULS) Initiative. He has established best labs in the
country. He has reached to 7.5 million families with the solar lamp.
Following Gandhian ideals, he has coined the word ‘Energy Swaraj’. His Energy Swaraj
Movement is a stepping stone towards energy access, energy sustainability, and climate
change mitigation. In order to establish Energy Swaraj across the globe, he has founded
the Energy Swaraj Foundation, which is a not-for-profit organization.
He has published over 100 research papers in reputed international journals. He has 4 US
patents to his credit with several more under review. He was recently awarded Jury Choice
Award in “Outstanding Green Activist” category and many other awards to their credit. He
has recently founded the Energy Swaraj Foundation to establish Energy Swaraj across the
globe, wherein energy is generated and consumed by locals.