Manoj is Co-Founder and CEO of Husk Power Systems (HPS). In 2008, he pioneered the clean energy community microgrid, and since then has built HPS into the leading net-zero energy company serving rural communities in Africa and Asia.
HPS builds, operates and owns solar microgrids that provide affordable electricity to off-grid and weak-grid businesses, institutions (health clinics, schools) and households, catalysing socio-economic development. Under Manoj’s leadership, the company operates a fleet of nearly 200 microgrids and has about 500 employees. It is the only microgrid company to sign a UN Energy Compact, in which Manoj and the Husk leadership committed to build 5,000 microgrids by 2030. Manoj is a board member of CLEAN, India’s decentralised renewable energy trade association.
He was named one of the 2022 Global Power & Energy Elites, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Africa Solar Industry Association (AFSIA) in 2022. He was also awarded an Impact Excellence Award in 2022 from the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship.