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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 to scale. Achieving universal energy access is about much more than bringing light to far-flung communities. It involves delivering power around the clock to homes and businesses in areas with weak grid connections, as well as off-grid communities where energy infrastructure is nonexistent. ZOLA Electric, formerly Off Grid Electric, wants to serve…

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…
American startups are competing to bring electricity to communities that remain off the grid.  …

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…
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 percent of the population, according to the International Energy Agency. That's because the power distribution infrastructure -- plants and the grid -- is severely underdeveloped, requires large investments to improve and ultimately can't keep up with the growth in demand. One solution to the problem is to go "off the grid," mimicking the rapid distribution of mobile phones: over 90 percent of Africans…

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 adva…

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 company – backed by Elon Musk's SolarCity – is expanding from providing solar kits for homes to offering clever solar power for small businesses. Off Grid Electric, which already has 100,000 customers in Rwanda and Tanzania, announced a new range of solar products aimed at rural entrepreneurs today at President Barack Obama's 7th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) at Stanford University i…

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…
Sub- Saharan Africa is on the cusp of a tril­lion dol­lar tomor­row. Emerg­ing from a his­tory of li…

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

FIBR - BFA
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 progress around you. From the power lines snaking above to the people tapping away on their smartphones to the water running through pipes underground, it’s all just part of day-to-day life. Though most of us don’t see it, getting to this point has taken decades of innovation, iteration, and trial and error. But in developing countries, particularly African ones, millions of people are skipping the…

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…
Over 625 million people live without power in Sub-Saharan Africa. That’s nearly 70 percent of the co…

Harnessing the sun to help end energy poverty: Q&A with Off Grid Electric

Unreasonable
Over 625 million people live without power in Sub-Saharan Africa. That’s nearly 70 percent of the continent’s population. For those households with ac…
With 600-million people living in sub-Saharan Africa without access to electricity,  a new $36-milli…

36m challenge launched for off grid energy to power 20m homes in Africa

Forbes
With 600-million people living in sub-Saharan Africa without access to electricity,  a new $36-million initiative by USAID and President Barack Obama'…
We often report on enormous new solar power installations, facilities that generate megawatts of pow…

Off-Grid Electric has solarized 100,000 Africa households

Clean Technica
We often report on enormous new solar power installations, facilities that generate megawatts of power. But solar can also bring important benefits to…
Nearly 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to electricity. In rural areas, the elec…

Off-Grid Electric Will Power African Entrepreneurs With Solar

Triple Pundit
Nearly 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to electricity. In rural areas, the electrification rate is as low as 14.2 percent.  Those…