Prof. Chetan Singh Solanki is an educator, researcher and innovator who is currently on unpaid leave from IIT Bombay. He has undertaken Energy Swaraj Yatra through a solar bus for 11 years, until 2030. In this yatra, Prof. Solanki has pledged not to go home until 11 years and stay in the solar yatra bus. In the wake of serious and catastrophic climate change, this Energy Swaraj Yatra is designed with the purpose to create a public movement towards adoption of 100% solar energy.
He has been honored with the Brand Ambassador of Solar Energy of Madhya Pradesh Government. Prof. Solanki has also been referred to as “Solar Man of India” by Times of India, The Hindu and India Today. Some people also call him “Solar Gandhi.”
Prof. Solanki has led major solar projects at IIT Bombay. Through his SoULS project he has reached 7.5 million families providing them clean light. There are several awards to his credit, these awards includes IEEE’s global grand prize of US100,000$, Prime Minister’s innovation award for SoULS project, first prize in Solar Chulha Design Challenge by ONGC, three Guinness World Record, two Young Scientist awards, CSIR Science and Tech. award, Excellence in RE Skilling, “Outstanding Green Activist”, and many more. Prof. Solanki has written 7 books and published over 100 research papers in reputed international journals. He has 4 US patents to his credit.