Dr. Omkar Jani received his Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering with Honours from the University of South Carolina, Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology with specialization in Solar Photovoltaic Science and Engineering, and completed his post-doctoral fellowship from the Institute of Energy Conversion, University of Delaware.
Omkar is currently the Managing Director at Kanoda Energy Systems Pvt. Ltd., a renewable and smart energy solution provider company. Kanoda is among the most quality and performance-conscious solar companies of India, and is driven by a technology-driven approach. Kanoda also recently received an award as one of the best solar companies to work with in India, and is a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL).
Prior to Kanoda, Omkar initiated the renewable energy-related activities at Gujarat Energy Research & Management Institute (GERMI) as the Principal Research Scientist, which is today recognized among the leading solar energy institutes of India. Omkar led GERMIs efforts in several state and national-level initiatives including (a) structuring and implementing the award-winning 5 MW Gandhinagar Rooftop Solar Programme, (b) structuring the Suryashakti Kisan Yojna (SKY), (c) launching the National Certification Programme for Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Installer (resulting in GERMI being recognized a Centre for Excellence by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India, and as Indias best solar training institute) and training over 1,500 solar professionals, and (d) advisory, project management, and third party inspection of 1,500+ rooftop and ground-mounted solar power projects.
During his doctorate and post-doctorate research, Omkar has worked on programmes funded by U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Solar America Initiative (SAI). He has over 50 national and international journal and conference publications, including a few books and book chapters and guided several Ph.D. and Masters Students.
Omkar is a member of advisory for several energy-related companies, NGOs and events such as Electrical Research and Development Association (ERDA), Nehru Foundation, Skill Council for Green Jobs and InterSolar-India. Omkar is a first dan black-belt in Shorin Ryu Karate.