Oolu was founded in 2015 by Nilmi Senaratna and Dan Rosa, and incubated in Y Combinator. The company’s mission is to provide off-grid households with high quality products at an affordable price.
For a low monthly fee, paid through mobile money, Oolu installs a pay-as-you-go solar kit that can power various in-home devices such as lights, phone chargers, radios, fans and televisions, and performs any necessary maintenance, including free battery replacements and system upgrades. The offer appeals to off-grid clients who often struggle with unreliable and dangerous lighting sources, such as flashlights, candles and kerosene, and are forced to walk long distances to charge their phones.
Oolu is a venture-backed company with a social mission. We build trust with our clients to have a lasting impact in our communities. Our impact focus is on energy access, education, access to information and job creation.
Oolu’s solar home systems provide households with brighter, more efficient lights and in-home chargers at a small fraction of their standard monthly energy expenditure. We replace dim, low-quality flashlights and lamps with the best technology available. By doing so, we also eliminate the need for rural people to travel kilometers to nearby electrified villages to charge their phones. We believe everyone deserves affordable, reliable energy and that clean energy is the future.
ACCESS TO INFORMATION
Oolu provides needed quality products and related services which act as a stepping stone to accessing information and connecting people. The ability to charge phones easily and conveniently provides children and families access to the internet, a means to connect with family and friends, and even business and employment opportunities. This is just the beginning. Oolu is committed to connecting people with the fast-paced, ever-changing world around them.
Everyone has a right to education and information. Lighting from Oolu’s distributed solar home systems allows children to study an average of one to two hours longer each night — the single most important advantage in the eyes of our clients.
The renewable energy sector is on the fast-track to becoming one of the largest employers in Africa. Oolu chooses excited and motivated local employees and trains them through the Oolu Training Academy. In a fast-paced and exciting start-up environment, Oolu offers a creative space for thinking outside the box and ensures opportunity to a talented local workforce.
- Africa | West
Mali, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Nigeria