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Global CleanTech memory of Pranav Mehta, our friend and Father of Solar in India

With sadness and great sorrow, we learned of the untimely death on December 15, 2022, of our beloved friend, one of the fathers of PV in India, Shri Pranav R. Mehta, at the age of 73.

Pranav, as all his friends called him, was unrelenting in his efforts to promote the fastest possible transformation of our energy system to CO2-emission-free renewable energy, (RE) dominated by solar energy available for free anywhere on this planet. We all lost a great friend and unrelenting fighter for a better world based on clean energy. His career started from a different corner in the classical industry, with Tata Steel, Reliance industries and the Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation.

Since 2006 he concentrated his efforts on promoting solar energy in the form of photovoltaic (PV) solar energy conversion. He served as an important voice in India promoting solar energy. He served as a founding member and Chairman of the Global Solar Council (GSC) and actively participated in the formation of the International Solar Alliance ISA.

As Chairman of the National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI) he formed a platform to advise the government on topics related to the great energy transformation process towards 100% RE. The ambitious goal of Prime Minister Modi from last year, to reach 100GW of PV installations in India by 2030 is attributed in part to Pranav’s influence. Pranav was a true advocate of rooftop solar. His slogan was: ‘From class to mass’, meaning the use of solar energy should not be limited to wealthy, high-class parts of society, but should be made available for all people. The fact that India is now among the top 5 leading countries in terms of solar energy deployment can actually be attributed to his influence.

He was an active participant in the Cleantech Business Club (CBC) as Honorary Co-Chair for India and was regularly present at important global Solar events in India, USA (Solar Power Int