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Why Cities Are the Growth Market for African MinigridsPicture an African minigrid and chances are you’ll think of a rural electrification project. But increasingly the reality on the ground is a different matter, according to experts. If there’s a major minigrid opportunity in Africa right now, it’s in urban and peri-urban areas rather than rural ones. “Villages are just not able to pay for electricity,” Thomas Hillig, of consulting firm THEnergy, said in an interview. That leaves rural minigrid…

Why Cities Are the Growth Market for African Minigrids

Why Cities Are the Growth Market for African Minigrids
Why Cities Are the Growth Market for African MinigridsPicture an African minigrid and chances are you’ll think of a rural electrification project. But…
Solar photovoltaic system supplier Zola Electric has just signed a partnership with Distributed Powe…

ZOLA signs with DPA for solar electrification in 9 countries

ZOLA signs with DPA for solar electrification in 9 countries
Solar photovoltaic system supplier Zola Electric has just signed a partnership with Distributed Power Africa (DPA), a subsidiary of Econet, a major te…
San Francisco-based ZOLA Electric is partnering with Distributed Power Africa (DPA), the distributed…

San Francisco company aims to boost solar access across Africa

San Francisco company aims to boost solar access across Africa
San Francisco-based ZOLA Electric is partnering with Distributed Power Africa (DPA), the distributed energy subsidiary of the Johannesburg-based telec…
ZOLA Electric's Infinity and Flex products are providing clean power to urban and rural customers Th…

ZOLA Electric Is Improving Energy Access Through New Product Innovations

Featured by Forbes: ZOLA Electric's Infinity and Flex products are providing clean power to urban and rural customers
ZOLA Electric's Infinity and Flex products are providing clean power to urban and rural customers The Covid-19 pandemic is causing significant disrupt…
The coronavirus pandemic has hampered economic activities on a global scale. Diminishing to nil reve…

Solar energy giants, Zola Electric, moves to support Nigerian businesses post-COVID19

Solar energy giants, Zola Electric, moves to support Nigerian businesses post-COVID19
The coronavirus pandemic has hampered economic activities on a global scale. Diminishing to nil revenues have been the hallmark in almost all facets o…
Diesel generators and micro-grids are propping up unreliable grids across Africa, and Covid-19 has worsened the problem.
Diesel generators and micro-grids are propping up unreliable grids across Africa, and Covid-19 has worsened the problem. While African economies develop, diesel generators and micro-grids are propping up unreliable grids across some of the world’s most populous nations. Since 2012, ZOLA Electric has aimed to fix these problems. CEO Bill Lenihan told us how this works on a good day, and how everything has changed since the onset of coronavirus. Matt Farmer (MF): In your words, how does energy dis…

The realities of powering through Covid-19 in Africa, with ZOLA Electric

The realities of powering through Covid-19 in Africa, with ZOLA Electric
Diesel generators and micro-grids are propping up unreliable grids across Africa, and Covid-19 has worsened the problem. While African economies devel…
Bill Leninhan - CEO
COVID-19 response across the African continent has been complicated by its enormous energy access cr…

Getting Energy to Africa’s Frontline

Getting Energy to Africa’s Frontline
COVID-19 response across the African continent has been complicated by its enormous energy access crisis, with over 1 billion Africans lacking reliabl…
Working from Home as described by Cherlyn Vossberg - ZOLA Electric's VP Human Capital
Hello, Wow, working from home has been interesting, huh? I have to admit, I love avoiding the commut…

Working from Home as described by ZOLA Electric’s VP Human Capital – Cherilyn Vossberg

Working from Home as described by ZOLA Electric's VP Human Capital - Cherilyn Vossberg
Hello, Wow, working from home has been interesting, huh? I have to admit, I love avoiding the commute – more time to run with the dog and eat meals wi…

THE AFRICAN CONTINENT COULD LOSE THE BATTLE AGAINST COVID-19 WITHOUT ACCESS TO ENERGY

THE AFRICAN CONTINENT COULD LOSE THE BATTLE AGAINST COVID-19 WITHOUT ACCESS TO ENERGY
Power is an essential weapon in the fight against COVID-19. Without energy access ventilators and ox…

Energy Access As Essential Service, Unlocking Tools to Combat COVID-19

Energy Access As Essential Service, Unlocking Tools to Combat COVID-19
Power is an essential weapon in the fight against COVID-19. Without energy access ventilators and oxygen machines cannot run and there is no refrigera…
Out of thousands of innovators from across the globe, ZOLA Electric captured a place in the 2020 Global Cleantech 100 [Amsterdam, Netherlands] – 17 January 2020, (CET): ZOLA Electric Ltd. (“ZOLA”), the solar home system company, was named a 2020 Global Cleantech 100 company by Cleantech Group. The 2020 Global Cleantech 100 is the 11th edition of the respected annual guide to the leading companies and themes in sustainable innovation. It features the private, independent and for-profit companies…

2020 Cleantech 100 Press Release

Out of thousands of innovators from across the globe, ZOLA Electric captured a place in the 2020 Global Cleantech 100 [Amsterdam, Netherlands] – 17 Ja…
Customers Now Receive ZUKU Digital TV Subscriptions with ZOLA Home TV Systems San Francisco, CA (Nov…

ZOLA Electric and Wananchi Group’s ZUKU TV Bundle Services in Tanzania

Customers Now Receive ZUKU Digital TV Subscriptions with ZOLA Home TV Systems San Francisco, CA (November 7, 2019) -- ZOLA Electric Ltd. (“ZOLA”), the…
PAYG proves popular One of the reasons why investors are paying so much attention to off-grid power…

By 2030, Over Half Of New Electricity Connections Will Be Off-Grid

FORBES
PAYG proves popular One of the reasons why investors are paying so much attention to off-grid power is the pay-as-you-go (PAYG) business model. It cap…
The co-founders of SolarCity have resurfaced on the global stage and they have a new pet project tha…

SolarCity Founders Lyndon and Peter Rive join ZOLA Electric to Advance Solar in Africa

CLEANTECHNICA
The co-founders of SolarCity have resurfaced on the global stage and they have a new pet project that also happens to be powered by the sun. Brothers…
ZOLA designed the Infinity storage system to solve every level of the energy access problem—and will…

ZOLA Electric Unveils a New ‘Smart’ Storage System to Displace Diesel and Eliminate Outages

Greentech Media
ZOLA designed the Infinity storage system to solve every level of the energy access problem—and will draw on expertise from SolarCity’s Rive brothers…
The electrification gap is widely recognized as one of the primary barriers to development in sub-Saharan African countries. An estimated 600 million people in the region live without reliable power and all that goes with it. A growing number of electrical entrepreneurs are stepping into the breach. Companies such as M-Kopa and BBOXX offer contained solar power systems to off-grid communities, and US company Zola Electric -- formerly Off Grid Electric -- supplies "Solar as a service" to isolated…

ZOLA’s ‘mini-grid’ power system promises to banish blackouts

CNN
The electrification gap is widely recognized as one of the primary barriers to development in sub-Saharan African countries. An estimated 600 million…
American startups are competing to bring electricity to communities that remain off the grid.  …

The Race to Solar Power Africa

The New Yorker
American startups are competing to bring electricity to communities that remain off the grid.   By Bill McKibben   In eighteen months, entre…
Impact investing is a major opportunity for developing economies and provides basic services to the…

Financing sustainable energy for developing economies

Raconteur for the Sunday Times
Impact investing is a major opportunity for developing economies and provides basic services to the poorest people. More than a billion people still l…
As electricity access is one of the most pressing problems for businesses in Africa, a solar energy …

New Solar Products To Boost Small Businesses In Africa

Forbes
As electricity access is one of the most pressing problems for businesses in Africa, a solar energy company – backed by Elon Musk's SolarCity – is exp…
‘As long as the sun rises, they can count on their lights working.’ In a nation of smart homes, Blue…

How solar tech could connect 1 billion people to electricity

The Daily Beast
‘As long as the sun rises, they can count on their lights working.’ In a nation of smart homes, Bluetooth, and remote-controlled drones, it’s almost i…