ZOLA Electric
Africa is leading the world’s transition to sustainable energy with decentralized renewable power. ZOLA’s power solutions now make it possible for homes and businesses anywhere to generate, store and consume energy sustainably. Access to clean, reliable 24-hour power will unleash the economic potential of businesses and communities worldwide. Energy access significantly improves health, education, financial inclusion, women’s empowerment and environmental outcomes
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PEOPLE POWERED ⚡️

ZOLA Electric powers 1 million people
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Tons of CO2 Offset Yearly

Clean, safe, affordable alternative to fossil fuels
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kW of solar installed

Sustainable energy driving economic empowerment

Health

Diesel generators create significant air and noise pollution. The IEA attributes an estimated 6.5 million premature deaths to air pollution each year. The adverse effects of air pollution are disproportionately felt by developing countries. The major source of air pollution and harmful particulate matter is inefficient and poorly regulated energy generators that use fossil fuel combustion. Exposure to air pollution is highest in developing countries and directly linked to poverty and the inability to access renewable energy. ZOLA’s power systems harness clean, infinitely renewable solar power. The wide-scale adoption of distributed solar power systems is critical to displace diesel generators and avoid the health and environmental harm that they cause.

Education

Energy is an essential tool to facilitate educational outcomes. Access to the internet and the incredible educational resources available online are impossible without power. A fully charged mobile phone and access to TV are critical to for curiosity and social connections. Reliable lighting means safety, security and longer productive hours in the evening. ZOLA is proud to partner with the Arusha Girls High School in Tanzania where ZOLA power systems are helping to expand educational opportunities.

Women's Empowerment

Women bear the brunt of energy poverty. Air pollution from diesel generators, kerosene lamps and wood-fired cooking disproportionately impacts women, who are often responsible for their household’s cooking and heating needs. Access to power can dramatically improve women’s wellbeing, financial and social status. The internet, mobile communications and television can play a key role in empowering women and girls, by exposing them to new social norms and sources of information. Reliable power can help female entrepreneurs build their businesses, generate income and establish financial independence and autonomy. Access to power for hospitals and medical centres is crucial for women’s and family health – by powering critical medical equipment, refrigerators for safe storage of vaccines, and lighting for safe child-birth at night. Electrification and lighting of public spaces can have a positive impact on women’s security.

Environment

By generating renewable power from the sun, ZOLA’s power systems help customers reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Each new household we reach means an additional 140 kg of carbon dioxide and 1.45 kg of black carbon in avoided emissions per year. Diesel generators in Nigeria produce about 29 million metric tons of CO2 each year – equivalent to roughly 6.3 million passenger vehicles. Diesel generators are producing hazardous particulate matter and air pollution on a massive scale. ZOLA power systems are designed to make diesel generators redundant – on cost, carbon and convenience. ZOLA power systems generate clean reliable power from the sun – renewables are the cost-effective energy alternative for the future and will make generating power from fossil-fuels redundant.

Financial Inclusion

Fifty per cent of Sub-Saharan Africa is unbanked or lacks access to fair credit. This means that many are excluded from conventional credit – they are unable to borrow to buy a home or grow their businesses, buy land, or invest in their future. ZOLA’s power systems are made accessible through the ‘Pay As You Go’ model – users pay a deposit, ZOLA installs the power system and the remaining capital cost is paid over a flexible term, often 2-3 years. This reduces the risk – customers can pay off the cost of a power system with their existing energy outlay and then use free solar energy to help generate income and reduce costs. ZOLA is focused on helping all of our customers to pay off and own their systems outright – our rugged and durable systems are designed to last over the long term. PAYGo has been widely recognised as a critical innovation in microfinance and energy access. ZOLA collects payments via mobile money. In doing so we help many customers access their first formal financial service and provide a tangible reason for regular use. Payment history collected through our software accumulates a credit profile for customers, which can help unlock access to other financial services as well. To help more customers pay off their systems on schedule, ZOLA is taking steps to teach and promote financial literacy and help more people access future credit on fair terms.

Safety and Security

Safety and security is something we can often take for granted – but security at night remains a fundamental concern for many people. When the sun goes down, there is no escape from the dark without bright, reliable lighting. For many, there are few options available beyond kerosene lamps and disposable flashlights. Access to bright, reliable light is a key reason for many ZOLA customers to invest in a power system they can rely on. ZOLA uses high-quality LED lights with high lumen output for bright, long-lasting light and the security it provides.

Energy access & business

Access to reliable energy is critical for entrepreneurs to power their businesses. Access to the internet, mobile communications, power for computers, machines and appliances, light and entertainment are essential every business. Clean, cost-effective and reliable power is helping business to serve more customers, expand trading hours, build their brand and diversify into new services and income generating opportunities.

Energy Access Partners

ZOLA Electric’s industry, impact investment and development partners include Power Africa, USAID, FMO, the Entrepreneurial Development Bank, African Development Bank, the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association, Sustainable Energy For All and Power for All.

GOGLA Consumer Protection Code: ZOLA is a contributor to the development of the GOGLA Consumer Protection Code and is committed to the Code’s principles of safeguarding impacts and respecting the rights of consumers.

OECD Guidelines: ZOLA commits to the principles for responsible business conduct as laid out in the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, ensuring its operations are in harmony with government policies, striving to strengthen the basis of mutual confidence with the societies in which it operates, seeking to improve the foreign investment climate, and promoting contribution to sustainable development.