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COVID-19 response across the African continent has been complicated by its enormous energy access crisis, with over 1 billion Africans lacking reliable power. Bill Lenihan, CEO of ZOLA Electric spoke to Africa Oil & Power about the company’s ability to get power where it’s needed. Please provide an overview of the initiatives that ZOLA has implemented to expand energy access across the continent in the context of COVID-19? Our business delivers reliable and affordable energy to Africa. Every…

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 Glo…

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 (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…
‘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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…