About ZOLA

CLEAN 24 HOUR
POWER ANYWHERE

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.

213,000

Energy Systems Installed

1,100,000

Lives impacted

10+

Countries 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

Cherilyn Vossberg

Vice President - Human Capital

15+ years in Africa Region and Global roles with Maersk Masters in Renewable Energy, Cape Town University

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

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.

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. 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.

Awards & Recognitions

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