Jigar Shah, Director, Department of Energy Loan Programs Office

Jigar Shah

Director, Department of Energy Loan Programs Office

Jigar Shah was born in August 1974 in Modasa, India. His family moved to the U.S. when he was an infant, settling in Illinois. Shah earned an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland. 

He was co-founder of a solar energy company and later was CEO of a solutions technology company. He worked on strategy for BP Solar and as a contractor for the Department of Energy on alternative vehicles and fuel cell power. 

In March 2021, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm appointed Shah to direct the department’s loan program office. 

He is married to Khushali Shah and they have one child. 

In the News…

Department of Energy Loan Program Director Jigar Shah said, “Replacing all of the vehicles in the world with EVs is not sustainable.” 

He suggested that changes in urban planning and shifts in transportation preferences may be necessary to achieve climate-related “sustainability” targets. 

“We need to invest in micro-mobility, new ownership models, better urban planning models, and other improvements,” Director Shah stated, adding, “We need to improve on the current 4-6% utilization rate of our current car fleet.” 

Earlier, Director Shah wrote that a low car utilization rate “matters because for many people their cost to own a car is higher than their mortgage/rent.” 

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Director Shah today? You can let him know at:

Mr. Jigar Shah, Director 
Loan Program Office 
Department of Energy 
1000 Independence Ave SW 
Washington, DC 20585 


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