Thursday, 24 September 2015

We are creating "Suryamitras" with MNRE

In a major breakthrough in the Solar Skill Development domain, kWatt Solutions Pvt. Ltd. (kSPL) has been given the privilege to conduct the "Suryamitra Training Program” initiated by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). kSPL is now authorized by National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE), MNRE, Govt. of India to conduct the skill development program to create and nurture skilled "Suryamitras" in installation, commissioning and O&M in the field of Solar Energy. 

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has initiated this program with the intent to create 50,000 “Suryamitras” across the country, skilled in installation, commissioning and O&M in the field of renewable energy with the special focus on solar. Each training program consists of 30 participants and the total duration of the training will be 3 months (600 hours) including a one month internship in solar energy related industry. The participants will also be given training on marketing & entrepreneurship skill so that they will become the campaigners of solar energy. MNRE has authorized green job sector skill council for assessment and certification of the participants. 

kSPL is founded by Dr. Chetan Singh Solanki, an IIT Bombay Professor in the Energy Science and Engineering department. Initiated in September 2013, kSPL is a technology-driven company with a vision to “solarize” the future of India and economize renewables. With the expertise of a strong core team comprising of IIT Bombay graduates, kSPL offers customized comprehensive solar energy solutions right from design and engineering to installation and maintenance with in-house training for people in the solar industry. kSPL was initiated with the idea to cater to the huge open market of power consumers in the kilowatt range, which also resonates with the company’s name. Currently, kSPL is working in several areas including S-SparQ, S-Life, and SRooftop covering the length and breadth of solar energy.

Talking about this achievement, Dr. Chetan Singh Solanki says “This is a proud and happy moment for us. Through our S-SparQ and S-Lab program initiatives, kSPL aims to be a leading commercial entity in the area of solar skill development and this authorization takes us a step closer to our aim. With this authorization, we look forward for creating solar skilled manpower and contribute our bit to achieve Prime Minister’s target of 100 GW of installed solar power by the year 2022.”

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Wednesday, 23 September 2015

The Chairman of kWatt Solutions Pvt. Ltd., Prof Solanki receives an award for outstanding performance in the field of solar PV

Dr. Chetan Singh Solanki from the Department of Energy Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay received an award in person for National Centre for Photovoltaic Research & Education (NCPRE) from Mr. Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Minister of State with Independent Charge for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy in the Government of India.

Prof. Solanki (leftmost) receiving the award

Dr. Chetan Singh Solanki is heading NCPRE alongwith Professor B. G. Fernandes of the Electrical Engineering Department, IIT Bombay.

This award is given for the best R&D project in the field of solar PV in India. On this occasion, the Secretary of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Mr. Upendra Tripathy and the Energy Minister of Karnataka, Mr. DK ShivaKumar were also present.

It is a matter of great pride for kWatt Solutions Pvt. Ltd., a venture founded by Prof. Chetan Singh Solanki. The company is currently incubated in the Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SINE), IIT Bombay.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Prof. Chetan Singh Solanki - The Solar Visionary

 How did we start?

 kWatt Solutions Pvt. Ltd. was born out of a vision to solarize the future of India!

Here is an interesting story about its conception by Dr. Chetan Singh Solanki

Journey from being a professor to an entrepreneur and birth of kSPL ->

Prof. Chetan Singh Solanki is one of the most dynamic individuals and an inspiring pioneer in the field of solar energy industry in India. His background and experience in the solar energy sector is profound. A professor in the energy science and engineering department of IIT Bombay, he has four US patents for his work on porous silicon for solar cell applications. He was awarded the Young Investigator Award at IIT Bombay in 2009 and young scientist award from the European Material Research Society, France, in 2003. He also authored four books, one of which, titled Solar Photovoltaics: fundamentals, technologies and applications is well referred in India and abroad. He has also published more than 40 scientific research papers in various reputed national and international journals. He is one of the principle investigators of the National Centre for Photovoltaic Research and Education (NCPRE).

As an IITB professor, he used to guide many people and act as a free consultant to those who required technical advice from him in the field of solar energy. Many people would approach him with queries on solar power installation or correct material procurement and market sourcing.  Though the professor would help them with the required information, he always thought that he could make himself more useful. Instead of only providing guidance and consultancy, he always had the urge to get involved and make sure that any query that came to him was completely resolved or the project thoroughly executed.  This gave him the  idea of building a dedicated team and providing end to end solar energy solutions based on the needs of the people. Thus kSPL was born. He believes that being associated with an academic institution like IIT Bombay has ensured that the kSPL team is constantly updated and evolving with the latest technology in solar energy giving it the required technical edge.

Recently he was awarded for outstanding work in the field of solar PV by Mr. Piyush Goyal, the Hon'ble Minister of State with Independent Charge for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy in the Government of India.