Nikunj: Firstly, you didn’t become an engineer, you didn’t become a doctor in the end, and being an entrepreneur in India was not a common path, let alone being a social entrepreneur, and then on top of that you took a path into the field of renewables, you were the first of your kind. How would you explain yourself to your family?
Inderpreet: I respect my father a lot. He migrated from Peshawar during the partition of India and Pakistan. He was three or four years old. My grandfather had to start from scratch, my father got employed in the insurance sector and he worked there 40 years and retired as the chairman of the company. So when I first came back from the U.S. and I told him ‘this is what I want to do’ he said ‘you’re being extremely stupid.’ He said ‘forget about your plans, tell me how much time and money are you going to waste before you go back to California.’
Nikunj: This is what you expected, right?
Inderpreet: Most of the choices I made in my life were not really along the lines of a conservative Indian family. I said, ‘I appreciate your concern, but I’m extremely passionate about this and I believe I’ll get there, but if I build India’s first grid-connected solar power plant, would you come work for me?’ Because he is the most experienced person I know in the regulated sector, because insurance is regulated in India. So I built the first plant in 2009, he is the Chief Operating Officer of the business and also a director on the Board.