About ZOLA

CLEAN 24 HOUR
POWER ANYWHERE

HOW IT STARTED

ZOLA Electric’s roots started in the experience of our three co-founders living and traveling to Africa.  They observed both off grid and on grid communities rely on dirty, expensive and hard to manage forms of energy including kerosene and diesel.  No primary, integrated power source existed, it was purely inefficient backup generation, an impediment to these communities achieving their full social and economic potential.  Was this a technology problem or something else?

Five years later, ZOLA Electric initially known as Off-Grid Electric  was launched in Tanzania to provide solar home solutions to off-grid rural communities that lacked any grid infrastructure.

Today, ZOLA is a leading technology company with differentiated solutions that can solve any energy access problem; rural, urban, off-grid, on-grid, residential or commercial. ZOLA Electric is currently serving over 1 million users, across three continents in over 10 countries. ZOLA’s mission is to provide clean power everywhere:

385,000+

Energy Systems Installed

1.5 Million

Lives impacted

10+

Countries Served

3

Continents Served

Our Executive Team

Bill Leninhan - CEO

Bill Lenihan

Chief Executive Officer

Partner, Fremont Partners / Calera Capital EVP International, Switch Lighting, Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, Wharton MBA

Doye Ogionwo

Doye Ogionwo

Chief Commercial Officer

CEO, Trifant Resources CCO, Helios Towers Partner, NEWE Partners Charles Schwab Exxon-Mobil MBA, Carnegie Mellon

Martijn Bouwmeester

Martijn Bouwmeester

Chief Financial Officer

Finance Director, Johnson & Johnson Medical Multi-country work and living experience Masters in International Business, Twente University

Sau Ngosi

Chief Technology Officer

CTO, Residential Solar & Storage, Schneider Electric 20+ years engineering experience Board Director, Warm Heart of Africa Foundation

Robert Falcon

Robert Falcon

VP Manufacturing and Supply chain

Manager - Technical Manufacturing @ Apple Ops. Manager, Toyota GM, Eriks

Steven Van Maasakker

General Council

General Counsel, Heineken Group 20+ years General Counsel & attorney experience JD, University of Rotterdam

Nicola Douglas

Nicola Douglas

Global Director - Human Capital

15+ years Human Resources experience in USA, Europe and Asia. SDA Bocconi School of Management (Italy) MBA and Fairfield University (US) Bachelor

ZOLA Electric Board of Directors

Lyndon Rive

Director

Co-founder @ SolarCity now Tesla Energy. Co-Founder @ Everdream, Board @ NatGeo, GivePower, World Spine Care. U.S. National Underwater Hockey Team member.

Tope Lawani

Director

Co-founder and Managing Partner of Helios Investment Partners, TPG, MIT, Harvard Law, MBA @ Harvard

Nancy Pfund

Director

Founder and Managing Partner of DBL Partners, JPMorgan, Hambrecht & Quist, MA @ Stanford, MBA @ Yale

Steve Hall

Director

Managing Director @ Vulcan Capital

Bill Leninhan - CEO

Bill Lenihan

Director

Partner, Fremont Partners / Calera Capital EVP International, Switch Lighting Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse Wharton MBA

Xavier Helgesen

Director

Skoll Scholar + MBA @ Oxford, Co-Founder @ Better World Books, Indaba Systems

OUR PROUD PARTNERS

ZOLA Electric’s investment and commercial partners include Tesla, General Electric, EDF Energy, DBL Ventures, Helios Investment Partners and Total.
The Shell Foundation

Key Milestones

Our story

  • 2012 - Launched as "M-Power" in Tanzania

    Off-Grid electric (ZOLA Electric) is launched as "M-Power" in Arusha, Tanzania, attracting its first 1,000 customers by the end of 2012.

  • 2013 - SOLAR CITY JOINS THE BOARD

    ZOLA earns its first institutional funding in the pay-as-you-go solar sector. SolarCity founder and CEO Lyndon Rive joins the board as ZOLA launches its second generation of hardware in Tanzania.

  • 2014 - ZOLA Expands across TANZANIA

    ZOLA rapidly expands across Tanzania with over ten thousand customers choosing the company’s products. 

  • 2015 - LAUNCHED its 3rd GENERATION POWER PLATFORM

    ZOLA raises growth capital in a funding round led by DBL Partners. Nancy Pfund joins the board. ZOLA launches its third-generation power platform, which increases power capacity 10 times over previous generations.

  • 2016 - ZOLA EXPANDS TO RWANDA

    ZOLA launches its solar home systems in Rwanda displacing kerosene, petrol and diesel cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

  • 2017 - ZOLA expands to IVORY COAST

    ZOLA and EDF Energy announce a joint venture to expand energy access in Ivory Coast.

  • 2017 - ZOLA INTRODUCED FLEX

    ZOLA FLEX launched as the best-in-class plug-and-play, pre-paid solar system. ZOLA closes a growth funding round led by Helios Partners and General Electric (GE).

  • 2019 - POWERING 1 MILLION

    ZOLA continues its rapid growth and surpasses more than 1 million daily users.

  • 2020 - ZOLA LAUNCHES ITS 1st INTERGRATED POWER SOLUTION

    ZOLA Launches Infinity, the world’s first smart, integrated, modular power solution built for energy access.

  • 2021- ZOLA partners with leading distributed energy integrators and distributors.

    As part of our expansion strategy, ZOLA Electric signs on major distribution partners such as; EDF, DPA, Micro-power & Econet energy, to further solve energy access problems in Africa.

Awards & Recognitions

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