LANSING (WWJ) — The Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council, an association of Michigan advanced energy companies, announced that SunEdison founder Jigar Shah will be the keynote speaker for Mi-EIBC’s upcoming Michigan Energy Innovators Gala on Monday, Oct. 28.

Shah founded SunEdison in 2003, and was instrumental in SunEdison’s growth to become the world’s largest solar services company. At SunEdison, Shah pioneered the development of new business models to offer solar as a service, allowing individuals and organizations to purchase solar energy services under long-term predictably priced contracts and avoid the up-front capital costs of ownership and operation of solar energy systems.

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After the sale of SunEdison, Shah served as the first CEO of the Carbon War Room, the global organization founded by Richard Branson and Virgin Unite to fight global climate change. Shah currently serves as CEO of Jigar Shah Consulting and recently released his latest book, “Creating Climate Wealth: Unlocking the Impact Economy.”

Said Mi-EIBC president Dan Scripps: “Shah brings with him insider knowledge of what it takes to build an advanced energy company and create economic opportunities.”

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The Michigan Energy Innovators Gala will also honor Michigan energy companies and individuals who have demonstrated their commitment to Michigan’s advanced energy sector, and who embody the theme of the gala of “Made in Michigan.” Awards will be presented to the Business of the Year, Emerging Business of the Year, Employer of the Year and Public Official of the Year. In addition, the gala will also feature the induction of the first class into the Michigan Energy Innovators Hall of Fame.

Tickets are available for purchase at The gala runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at Michigan State University’s Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, 219 S. Harrison Rd. in East Lansing.

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