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Off.Grid:Electric is the world’s first off-grid electric utility. It applies the mobile phone business model to off grid household energy.

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Clean Technology
  • Location Tzpage.Com Classifieds Page Online, Arusha, Tanzania
  • Currency USD
  • Founded January 2012
  • Employees 5
  • Website

Company Summary

Off.Grid:Electric is the world’s first massively scalable off-grid electric utility. It tears apart the solar value chain and rebuilds it as a “smart service” utility. Off.Grid:Electric exists to provide affordable and reliable energy to communities that currently lack such power. The company utilizes distributed renewable energy to sell power as a service to customers who suffer from an expensive grid, an unreliable grid, or no grid at all.


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    Erica Mackey
    COO & Co-Founder

    Erica has over ten years of field experience in sub-Saharan Africa. She most recently served as Executive Director for SIC (Support for International Change), a rural health service provider in Tanzania. Erica speaks fluent Swahili and has a deep network in East Africa. She holds a MBA and Skoll Associate Fellowship from Oxford Saïd Business School and has a Bachelors degree in Ecology from UCLA.

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    Joshua Pierce
    CTO & Co-Founder

    Joshua has 15 years in the energy efficiency and renewable energy industry, and has extensive experience with complex solar systems in retrofits and new construction. He has a background in sustainable development and most recently served as Director of Technical Services at RHA Inc. and consulted with large investor owned utilities and governmental clients. He has a degree in Construction Management and Building Science from Cal State-Chico.

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    F. Xavier Helgesen
    CEO & Co-Founder

    A veteran entrepreneur, Xavier founded two million dollar businesses in his 20’s. He is Chairman of Better World Books, a profitable social venture with $60 Million in revenue. He’s been recognized as Best Social Entrepreneur by Businessweek in 2009, and won the Fast Company Social Capitalist award. He holds an MBA from Oxford Saïd Business School, which he attended on a Skoll Scholarship, and a BA with honors from the University of Notre Dame.

Previous Investors

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    Jasmine Social Investments
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    Givia Pty. Ltd.
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    Performance Management Investments LLC