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HOW IT STARTED
ZOLA Electric’s roots started in a trip co-founder Xavier Helgesen took in 2007 to Malawi. He learned that the community relied on dirty, expensive kerosene to light their homes. He began wondering why nobody he met had even a small solar power system. 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 energy access to rural communities that lacked any grid infrastructure.
Today, ZOLA is a leading technology company with differentiated solutions that can solve any emerging market energy access problem rural, urban, off-grid, on-grid, residential or commercial. ZOLA Electric is currently serving 1 million users, across two continents in over 10 countries. ZOLA’s mission is to provide clean power everywhere.
Our Executive Team
ZOLA Electric Board of Directors
OUR PROUD PARTNERS
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. ZOLA partners with the International Finance Corporation on a $7 Million facility for off-grid solar - another first in the industry.
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 to 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 expands to the largest energy access market in Africa - Nigeria and launches Infinity to address on-grid energy access challenges.
2021- ZOLA Electric creates strategic business partnership in solving energy access problem.
As part of our expansion strategy, ZOLA Electric signs on major distribution partners such as; EDF, DPA, Micro-power & Equatorial power, to further solve energy access problems in Africa.
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