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"Everything Jigar has done proves that profits in energy aren’t just made in dirty fuels. Thanks to entrepreneurs like Jigar, climate change solutions are attracting investors, greener jobs are being created, and industries are saving big money on energy costs." Sir Richard Branson Founder, Virgin Group

"...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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: ICOSA; 8/27/13 edition (September 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989353109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989353106
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #443,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Roger Streit on December 25, 2013
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This is a powerful, well written book, published at the right time.

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.
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Creating Climate Wealth, Unlocking the Impact Economy is a surprisingly good read. Shah makes the case that profitability alone should dictate investment decisions in renewable energies or impact enterprises. Covering primarily infrastructure, Shah says the big projects must make money or they won't be able to attract the capital essential to reaching scale. He criticizes the naivety of non-professional investors who put their money where their heart is without the due diligence essential to company financial discipline and survivability.

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.
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Jigar Shah is the founder of SunEdison where he transformed the solar industry by creating a business model that offers solar power as a service in the form of Power Purchase Agreements, as opposed to marketing solar panels and equipment. In “Creating Climate Wealth,” Shah explains that climate change presents us with countless opportunities to solve our energy needs, make trillions of dollars, and strengthen global economies. He maintains that the solutions and technology exist right now to achieve our clean energy goals by 2020. He then describes how this is possible through innovation and renovation. Innovation can be achieved not through new technology but by implementing existing technology with a new business model – which is really an old business model. Entrepreneurship and small businesses financed by Impact Investments, he insists, are the keys to expanding the future of clean energy.

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.
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By LJP on September 30, 2013
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Jigar's book is the needed powerful, concise blueprint for the world. 

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.

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