Indian-American professor Rajendra Singh was named as one of ten Solar Champions of Change by the White House on 19 April 2014. He was named because of the initiative taken by him in solar deployment across America.
He was named on the eve of celebrations of two-year completion of the Solar Champions of Change initiative. The initiative is a part of Climate Action Plan launched by US President Barack Obama in 2012. The Plan aims to cut carbon pollution and advance the clean energy economy.
Solar Champions included Community leaders helping to reduce permitting times; business owners looking for a cleaner energy source; and Homebuilders looking to offer new, renewable options for their customers.
About Rajendra Singh
Rajendra Singh is D. Houser Banks Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of Clemson University’s Centre of Silicon Nanoelectronics in South Carolina.
In 1973, Singh devoted his doctoral thesis research to solar cells during the Arab oil ban. He has served as a visionary leader to advance the technology of photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturing from last 4 decades.
Singh is providing leadership to use photovoltaics as the source of local direct-current electricity to transform global electricity infrastructure in the US, emerging economies and underdeveloped economies.
He is actively involved with civic groups to bring legislation and regulations in South Carolina which will lead to growth of solar- generated electricity.
About Climate Action Plan
In June 2012, the President launched a comprehensive Climate Action Plan to cut carbon pollution and advance the clean energy economy.
The aim of the plan is to double wind, solar and geothermal electricity generation by 2020 and to more than triple the onsite renewable energy production in federally assisted residential buildings.
As a result of this Plan, in 2013, the US observed a record-breaking for new solar installations, increasing almost 11-fold, which is enough to power more than 2.2 million American homes.
Who: Rajendra Singh
When: 19 April 2014