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Jigar Shah
Works at Inerjys
Attended University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Lives in Washington, DC
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"One that I would still love to do is an electric vehicle as a service company" 
Jigar Shah built and sold SunEdison for millions. Next, he worked off of Richard Branson’s vision to launch the Carbon War Room. After so much success, most people would quit and move to an island
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Time to call it, Solar has reached its tipping point!
This post is part of a series in which LinkedIn Influencers analyze the state and future of their industry. Read all the posts here.In 2003, I was beating my hand against doors to convince businesses
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Long Before Sheryl Sandberg there was Lois Wyse, she wrote, “With a name like Smucker’s , it has to be good.”  
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Investments that perpetuate destroying the earth are the Vietnam War of this generation. “One, two, three, four; what are we investing for?” While “keeping coal and oil in the ground” is a great mantra, it lacks the proper investor rigor to be taken seriously.
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"Now that you've got high profile investments from the venture capital community, you're going to see huge shifts from government agencies to actually help these guys push the technologies out the door."
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Partner at Inerjys, a $250 million fund that invests in clean energy, and a Carbon War Room board member. In 2003, he founded SunEdison, the largest solar services company, and from 2009 to March 2012 he was CEO of the Carbon War Room.
Employment
  • Inerjys
    Partner, 2012 - present
  • Carbon War Room
    CEO, 2009 - 2012
  • SunEdison
    Founder and CEO, 2003 - 2008
  • BP Solar
    Analyst, 1999 - 2003
  • Energetics (US DOE)
    Analyst, 1997 - 1999
  • Atlantic Orient Corporation
    Engineer, 1996 - 1997
  • AstroPower
    Intern, 1995 - 1995
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Washington, DC
Previously
Norwich, VT - Sterling, IL - Modasa, Gujarat INDIA - Newark, DE - Champaign, IL - Columbia, MD - Beltsville, MD - New York, NY
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The Abbey, 205 E 16th (at 3rd) New York, NY 10003
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Revolutionizing Infrastructure
Introduction
Jigar is a partner at Inerjys, a $250 million fund that invests in clean energy, and a Carbon War Room board member. In 2003, he founded SunEdison, the largest solar services company, and from 2009 to March 2012 he was CEO of the Carbon War Room.

Jigar Shah is an entrepreneur and visionary committed to leveraging the next economy by solving the challenging issues of our time. Shah has recognized this as “The Impact Economy.”

Shah has noted that a global "Impact Economy" is one in which mainstream investors team up with corporations, entrepreneurs, and governments at scale to solve the big environmental and social problems of our time while generating compelling financial returns – not just average returns. 

Today, he is a partner at Inerjys, a $1 billion fund that invests in clean energy, and a Carbon War Room board member. He works closely with some of the world’s leading influencers and guides policy makers around the globe on key issues to implement solutions for global warming and sustainability that will unlock that next trillion dollar impact economy.

His first foray in realizing his vision was the founding of SunEdison in 2003; today the world’s leading solar services company. SunEdison, through Shah’s perseverance and vision, simplified solar as a service through the implementation of the power purchase agreement (PPA) business model. That model changed the status quo, allowing organizations to purchase solar energy services under long-term predictably priced contracts and avoid the significant capital costs of ownership and operation of solar energy systems. The SunEdison business model remains an important catalyst that turned solar into a multi-billion dollar industry worldwide. 

From 2009 to March 2012, Shah served as the first CEO of the Carbon War Room, the global organization founded by Richard Branson and Virgin Unite to help save the world from Climate Change. During Shah’s tenure, he was a trailblazer in helping build the organization into one of global importance.

In the few years since its founding, The Carbon War Room has identified 17 sectors that all contain gigaton scale profitable opportunities ready to scale up to an “Impact Economy”-- representing the largest economic opportunity of our generation.

Prior to launching SunEdison and his tenure as Carbon War Room CEO, Shah managed mergers & acquisitions, corporate strategy, and sales efforts for BP Solar, specializing in national commercial accounts. He also worked as a contractor for the Department of Energy on alternative vehicles and fuel cell programs.

Shah holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and an MBA from The University of Maryland. Besides the Carbon War Room, he also sits on the boards of the SolarNexus, KMR Infrastructure, Prometheus Institute and Greenpeace USA.
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Married for 13 years, Founded SunEdison, Thrived at BP, Live in Washington DC, Inspired by Entrepreneurs everyday
Education
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Mechanical Engineering, 1992 - 1996
  • University of Maryland, College Park
    Robert H Smith School of Business, 1998 - 2000
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