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Customers Now Receive ZUKU Digital TV Subscriptions with ZOLA Home TV Systems San Francisco, CA (November 7, 2019) -- ZOLA Electric Ltd. (“ZOLA”), the solar home system company, today announces that it has entered into an agreement with Wananchi Group Holdings Ltd.’s ZUKU TV division (“ZUKU”) to offer bundled solar home TV systems with digital TV subscriptions and other services in Tanzania.  As a leading solar home systems company that powers more than 1 million lives across five key African co…

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-Sa…

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.   By Bill McKibben   In eighteen months, entrepreneurs brought electricity to hundreds of thousands of people in places that the grid failed to reach. The cacao-farming community of Daban, in Ghana, is seven degrees north of the equator, and it’s always hot. In May, I met with several elders there to talk about the electricity that had come to the town a few months earlier, when an American st…

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…
Bringing electricity to over 1,000,000 people across Rwanda, Ivory Coast, Tanzania, Nigeria, and Gha…

ZOLA Electric – meet an Unreasonable Company

Unreasonable Group
Bringing electricity to over 1,000,000 people across Rwanda, Ivory Coast, Tanzania, Nigeria, and Ghana with clean, solar energy. In a world where one…
Buoyed by success in East Africa, off-grid solar power startups are pouring into West Africa, offeri…

Off-grid power pioneers pour into West Africa

Reuters
Buoyed by success in East Africa, off-grid solar power startups are pouring into West Africa, offering pay-as-you-go kits in a race to claim tens of m…
In sub-Saharan Africa, over 600 million people do not have access to electricity -- that's 68 percen…

The $7 a month plan bringing solar energy to rural Africa

CNN
In sub-Saharan Africa, over 600 million people do not have access to electricity -- that's 68 percent of the population, according to the Internationa…
Off Grid Electric, a San Francisco-based company that develops rooftop solar and battery systems in…

San Francisco Startup Nabs $55 Million to Expand Solar in Africa

Bloomberg
Off Grid Electric, a San Francisco-based company that develops rooftop solar and battery systems in Africa, has raised $55 million as it expands into…
Electrifying the entire world is an important part of the Sustainable Development Goals. Recent advances in renewable energy and microgrids means that it might be possible to do it quickly–and cleanly. A few years ago, Bill Gates annoyed some people in the renewables industry by saying that solar and wind were effectively expensive luxuries that only richer countries could afford. In the developing world, he said, dirtier forms of power might have to take priority, even if it meant exacerbating…

Solar innovations means we can bring power to the 1 billion who still live without it

Fast Company
Electrifying the entire world is an important part of the Sustainable Development Goals. Recent advances in renewable energy and microgrids means that…
There’s long been an expectation by both analysts and casual observers that solar power would play a…

Solar power pay-as-you-go projects in Africa are getting major funding

Quartz Africa
There’s long been an expectation by both analysts and casual observers that solar power would play an important role in filling the huge deficit in Af…
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…
Sub- Saharan Africa is on the cusp of a tril­lion dol­lar tomor­row. Emerg­ing from a his­tory of lim­ited energy access, the region has the oppor­tu­nity to unleash over $1 tril­lion of GDP sim­ply by invest­ing in off- grid solar to pro­vide energy access to those who need it. By Nancy E. Pfund & Yael Gilboa, DBL Partners

Think Outside the Grid: Africa’s Trillion Dollar Opportunity

DBL Partners
Sub- Saharan Africa is on the cusp of a tril­lion dol­lar tomor­row. Emerg­ing from a his­tory of lim­ited energy access, the region has the oppor­tu­…
Africa’s largest private equity firm has led a round of financing for Off Grid Electric to fuel the…

EDF, GE fuel Off Grid Electric’s Ghana push with US$55 million Series D financing

Energy Storage News
Africa’s largest private equity firm has led a round of financing for Off Grid Electric to fuel the microgrid provider’s expansion in the continent, w…
The investment is likely the largest pure venture equity round for a solar home system provider in e…

Off Grid Electric Secures $55 Million in Series D Financing

Greentech Media
The investment is likely the largest pure venture equity round for a solar home system provider in emerging markets. Off Grid Electric closed its Seri…
Predicting Payment Behavior in PAYGo: Machine Learning Can Power Customer Retention Jacob Winiecki C…

Predicting Payment Behavior in PAYGo: Machine Learning Can Power Customer Retention

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Predicting Payment Behavior in PAYGo: Machine Learning Can Power Customer Retention Jacob Winiecki Customer churn is a major headache for most compani…
Walking through any city in the US, you may not notice the evidence of centuries of technological pr…

Leapfrogging tech is changing millions of lives. Here’s how

Singularity Hub
Walking through any city in the US, you may not notice the evidence of centuries of technological progress around you. From the power lines snaking ab…