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Creating Climate Wealth: Unlocking the Impact Economy Paperback – September 26, 2013
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"...this book provides essential insight to how mainstream capital can flow into climate friendlier ways to meet modern electricity needs while making compelling financial returns." Strive Masiyiwa Founder, Econet Wireless/ Board Rockefeller Foundation
"Shah shows that a new massive wealth opportunity is at our fingertips linking sustainability and economic development." Carl Pope Former Executive Director, Sierra Club
"Jigar Shah is a force of nature! Here he recounts his unique journey--as entrepreneur, investor and nature’s defender. His outlook: a fast–changing world where enterprise places greater value on our climate and society. A timely book from a Thinker and Doer, both!" Ann Goodman, Ph.D. Co-founder of the Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future
"Jigar is the fuel that moves our world round, cleanly, transporting us and our hopes to a better place where big ideas are boldly stated. Where Big Oil becomes Big Sun. His is the stuff that powers us forward . . . to a smarter, richer future with a thesis that would have us find the next “industrial revolution”...today, and with bigger impact. No inverter required. This work is electrifying, direct, and current." Chase Weir Chief Executive Officer of Distributed Sun, LLC
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As the title of the book indicates, in "Creating Climate Wealth: Unlocking the Impact Economy," Jigar Shah sets out to explain where profitable opportunities are available to deal with climate change.
He starts by telling the story of SunEdison, an international solar service company he founded. Shah was one of the first entrepreneurs to attract mainstream capital to solar installations, and he did it not by using new technology, but a new business model, power purchase agreements. This is infrastructure as service.
Shah explores similar opportunities, where success will depend on structure and business-model discipline, most importantly using existing technology. He acknowledges that his experience as the first CEO of the Carbon War Room enabled him to go well beyond solar energy. Accordingly, he sees opportunities in multiple areas: energy, transportation and shipping, agriculture, water, and building and industrial efficiency.
Shah offers valuable insights in how to create a viable business that is scalable. He states these pragmatic goals:
* Solving pressing problems for consumers
* Yielding impressive risk-adjusted returns for investors
* Generating both development and economic growth
* Creating local capacity that is sustainable and does not require the continual interjection of outside firms to fix problems
Shah does not offer theoretical solutions, but ones that are practical and achievable. He asks how existing technology can be deployed at scale to achieve results all of us will find desirable and profitable. He is also realistic enough to point out where sensible solutions have not yet been deployed, even though the numbers are compelling.Read more ›
The book makes the case that the successful projects will come from new business models as opposed to the new technologies because they can't get the mainstream capital. Investors aren't going to put big money into unproven, complex technologies they don't understand.
Shah's conservative view holds that government needs to lead, not subsidize new energies. However, he says it is wasteful for the United States to subsidize old, well-established polluting energies because it gives them a competitive advantage.
I was disappointed that after quantifying the profitability potential of impact businesses, Shah did not list more public companies that billion dollar money managers should be looking at.
In order to tackle the challenge of renovation, Shah teamed up with Sir Richard Branson and the Carbon War Room (CWR) to show existing companies the cost effectiveness of energy efficiency. In truth, most CEOs are more committed to their bottom lines than to cleaning up the environment. When clean energy operations save them money they don’t hesitate to hop on board. Even climate change deniers understand the almighty dollar.
Shah’s view of climate change as anything but a crisis is refreshing and inspiring. He is not marketing a theory. He is revealing a proven strategy which is currently providing clean energy solutions worldwide. Shah’s common sense approach combined with his conversational tone make for a captivating and easy read. “Creating Climate Wealth” should be required reading for every human on planet Earth. There is a future and it’s up to us to create it.
His world-view of the global and US energy sector, where the energy industry will be going next, and how to avoid a ship-wreck, is as sure as it is compelling in it's mince-no-words honesty.
For those new to this arena of energy business and policy, and for those who are just learning about the broader global and national energy industry -- this book outlines the energy world as it actually is today, and as it will ultimately most likely play out as renewable energy continues to grow. Jigar's book is hard-hitting, but not harsh. Just real.
He offers his reader a clear, engaging, easy to understand conversation about seizing this moment to make climate change a huge business opportunity - whether you work at the top, or in the trenches.
Jigar lays out the map of the future for us. He also briefs us on the battle plan, and shows us where the land mines are laid. As always, Jigar's business and public policy analysis is sound.
He knows of what he speaks -- and he speaks the truth based on experience. Jigar built the largest solar service company in the world.
Jigar says in the book, timing is key. And the timing of this book is perfect. Folks all across the world, but particularly the U.S., need to have this book as a guide. It's about your future.
As he writes in the book, we have the technology now, we have the capital now and we have the know-how to deploy all these.
All we lack is the organization and some Will. Jigar's book can help us find both. I highly recommend it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thanks Jegar. Eye opening how much influence banking, not technology, really has on our world.Published 5 months ago by Eric
This book helps to keep you on track if you're an entrepreneur in the world of social-good, impact projects or clean energy. Read morePublished 6 months ago by B. Mulder
It reads like a series of slogans. Where you want substance there are bullet points. Where you want nuanced stories there are snippets. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Lance Wiggs
This book is a must-read for any private, public, or NGO. The $10T economy is only just beginning. Join the ride, but learn from the legend of Jigar Shah, a pioneer and leader in... Read morePublished 12 months ago by TimosWooderson
Although I don't work in the renewables area, I purchased this book out of interest and found it incredibly interesting. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mr B Mahar
This is an excellent book to read if you are interested in, or skeptical about, the possibility of transformation in the various ways we operate across industries and geographies. Read morePublished 12 months ago by grs
If you are looking for practical rays of hope for a clean future, I highly recommend this book by one of the heroes in the solar space. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Michael Hokenson