Off Grid is an African solar startup with a mission to bring clean energy to the remotest parts of various African Countries.
Off Grid Electric was founded in January 2012 by three inspiring entrepreneurs Xavier Helgesen, Erica Mackey and Joshua Pierce.
Off Grid Electric has secured the largest venture equity investment into Africa – $55 million in Series D funding led by Helios, one of the few pan-African private investment firms founded and led by Africans, with support from GE Ventures and other existing investors.
Off Grid Electric — which operates in Tanzania, Rwanda and Côte d’Ivoire — has also expanded to Ghana as part of the company’s growing partnership with EDF, a global leader in low-carbon energies. Off Grid Electric and EDF first teamed up for a joint venture in Côte d’Ivoire in November 2016, marking the first large-scale operational partnership between a global energy company and a leading off-grid solar company and resulting in 10,000+ customers to date.
More than 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa live without electricity, and those who do have electricity are often plagued by an unreliable grid. Meanwhile, solar power is Africa’s most abundant but least utilized source of energy generation. Through its consumer brand Zola, Off Grid Electric provides power to more than 150,000 homes and businesses in four African markets.