SOLKAR SOLAR INDUSTRY LIMITED, was started in the year 1984, by Mr.K.E. RAGHUNATHAN, an engineer with specialization in the field of solar energy, as a first generation entrepreneur. SOLKAR remains to be the oldest existing company in the solar sector in ASIA. The company has its manufacturing facility at AMBATTUR INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, CHENNAI, INDIA. Initially, the company was started for manufacturing of SOLAR WATER HEATING SYSTEMS for domestic and Industrial use. The company is proud to secure the first ISI certification of the product in the country in the private sector and has installed nearly about 75000 square feet of solar collectors for water heating and about 20000 square feet in Solar PV modules in the field in the last 35 years covering various domestic and industrial applications and proud to have satisfied over 150000 customers and over 27 different applications in solar energy.

Most of our products are developed as FIRST in the market and some of our products enjoy being the ONLY maker of the product in India, even today. In the year 1993, the company entered into a partnership with a German professor Dr.SCHWARZER, for the manufacturing of SOLAR MEAL MAKER for the world market, with his technical and Financial support. This product is the invention of Dr.SCHWARZER, and was being manufactured only in INDIA for the world market.

In the year 1996, the company was converted into a closely held public limited company and entered into manufacturing of SOLAR PHOTO VOLTAIC MODULES with the State of the Art machineries imported from USA. SOLKAR, manufactures solar PV modules from 1 W to 70 W capacity and has a manufacturing base of about 500 kW per annum production capacity.

During the years of existence, SOLKAR has received many recognitions such as - BEST SMALL SCALE INDUSTRIALIST IN THE COUNTRY IN 1995, MEMBER OF ADVISORY COMMITTEE OF MNES FOR 2 YEARS DURING 1996-98, CHAIRMAN OF SOLAR ENERGY EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION IN TAMILNADU apart from being awarded UDYOG SHREE AND SHIRONMANI VIKAS AWARDS.

With the success of practical knowledge and experience, SOLKAR has now reached a stage where in, it can show its expertise of product manufacturing, technology support, new application developments with start up companies situated outside. We practice high degree of professionalism and commitment in the business.

In the course of our proud journey in the solar field, we have donated over 27000 solar lamps as on date to poor and needy children , Trained over 700 young engineers in solar energy space apart from having created over 72 self employed persons in the solar industry with our training and back up support.