ZOLA Electric

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Who are ZOLA Electric?

ZOLA Electric is a Silicon Valley startup that pioneered ‘Pay As You Go” finance to deliver solar power off-grid in Africa. Designed in California, ZOLA’s distributed smart storage + solar power systems democratize energy access so anyone, anywhere can generate, store and consume sustainable power. The energy access landscape in Africa is changing rapidly. The widespread adoption of ZOLA’s power solutions means that homes and businesses across Africa can now access power, wherever they are.

Where does ZOLA Electric operate?

ZOLA Electric operates across East and West Africa. ZOLA currently has operations in Nigeria, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Rwanda and Tanzania. ZOLA Electric’s research and development lab is located in San Francisco, California. ZOLA’s corporate headquarters are located in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

How did ZOLA Electric start?

In 2012, Erica Mackey, Joshua Pierce and Xavier Helgesen met at the University of Oxford. After graduating from the Oxford MBA program they co-founded ZOLA Electric to tackle the energy access problem with thoughtful and sustainable business practices. ZOLA’s co-founders spent years living and working in Tanzania to develop a practical understanding of the African energy landscape. They applied these learnings to develop power products that meet the specific needs of everyday Africans. Fintech innovations of “Pay As You Go” finance and mobile money, combined with the falling cost of solar panels and Li-Ion batteries, make distributed renewable energy affordable and accessible for everyday Africans.

Who are ZOLA Electric's investment and advisory partners?

ZOLA Electric has investment and advisory support from a broad range of impact investors and energy majors investors like Tesla, General Electric, EDF, DBL Ventures, Helios Investment Partners, Omidyar Network, Total, FMO entrepreneurial development bank, ResponsAbility, SunFunder and USAID. Learn more about ZOLA Electric’s investors at zolaelectric.com/about-us

For how many people does ZOLA Electric provide clean power today?

ZOLA Electric has installed more than 200,000 solar home systems and serves more than 1,000,000 users in Africa each day.