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 January 2020, (CET): ZOLA Electric Ltd. (“ZOLA”), the solar home system company, was named a 2020 Global Cleantech 100 company by Cleantech Group. The 2020 Global Cleantech 100 is the 11th edition of the respected annual guide to the leading companies and themes in sustainable innovation. It features the private, independent and for-profit companies best positioned to contribute to a more digitized, de-carbonized and resource-efficient industrial future.

“Our company focus has always been on meeting the growing demand for clean and affordable power in Africa,” said Bill Lenihan, CEO of ZOLA Electric. “To be recognized for our work from amidst the more than 8,000 companies that were nominated for this year’s Global Cleantech 100 is truly an honor.” 

The list combines Cleantech Group’s research data with qualitative judgements from nominations and insight from a global 80-member expert panel of leading investors and executives from corporations and industrials active in technology and innovation scouting. From pioneers and veterans to new entrants, the expert panel broadly represents the global cleantech community and results in a list with a powerful base of respect and support from many important players within the cleantech innovation ecosystem. The Global Cleantech 100 program is sponsored by Chubb.

It feels right that our first list of the future-defining 2020s, should see a continued strengthening in the representation of truly impactful and necessary innovations to transform our diets, to enable a more renewable-heavy energy system, and to capture and utilize the vast levels of CO2 we have been freely emitting for decades,” said Richard Youngman, CEO, Cleantech Group. “Also included in our 2020 list are some big and critical shots at solving global problems – from proving out fusion and next-gen batteries to zero carbon aviation.”

About Cleantech Group

Cleantech® Group provides research, consulting and events to catalyze opportunities for sustainable growth powered by innovation. At every stage from initial strategy to final deals, we bring corporate change-makers, investors, governments and stakeholders from across the ecosystem the access and customized support they need to thrive in a more digitized, de-carbonized and resource-efficient future.

The company was established in 2002 and is headquartered in San Francisco with a growing international presence in London. Our parent company, Enovation Partners, is based in Chicago.

Media Contact:
Laura Dolby  

Cleantech Group
Email: laura.dolby@cleantech.com

About ZOLA Electric

ZOLA Electric is the leading solar brand in Tanzania, Rwanda, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria, where it powers more than 1 million lives each day. ZOLA is pioneering distributed renewable energy solutions for emerging markets that are adaptable to off-grid, weak grid and microgrid use cases. With a unique design and engineering philosophy based on deep customer insights, ZOLA helps homes and businesses generate, store and consume 24/7 energy sustainably and affordably. The company is headquartered in San Francisco and Amsterdam with additional teams in Shanghai and throughout Africa. ZOLA is a recipient of the UNFCCC Momentum for Change Award, Zayed Future Energy Prize and Ashden Award, and named a 2020 Global Cleantech 100 company. Its investment partners include Tesla, EDF, GE, Total, DBL Partners, Helios Investment Partners and Vulcan Capital. 


Karen Navarre Wicki 

ZOLA Electric
Email: press@zolaelectric.com