Kolkata: Solar man and Green Oscar awardee SP Gon Chaudhuri has received the prestigious Mission Innovation Champion Award of India for his contribution in providing energy to rural India. The award was given to him and 18 others from different countries, including France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Finland, China and Australia at a ceremony in Vancouver, Canada, on Monday.
The champions, including Gon Chaudhuri, will now work as ambassadors of innovation in their respective countries through their governments. Mission Innovation Champion Award is a follow up of Paris Climate Convention. Gon Chaudhuri will now promote innovation by motivating young scientists of India. His ultimate goal is to make India pollution-free by harnessing clean energy.
Gon Chaudhuri is a visiting professor at Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology and a strategic advisor at a private firm that manufactures solar panels and systems. He has worked for over 25 years as the head of the renewable energy department in West Bengal and Tripura. He set up India’s first megawatt-scale-grid-connected solar power plant and the first floating solar power plant in the country.
“I believe in the potential of renewable energy in heating, cooling, drinking water, and rural transport. As a Mission Innovation Champion, I will lead innovators and initiate a nationwide programme,” he said.