Simusolar provides and finances accessible, affordable, and energy-efficient appliances designed for off-grid homes and businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa. We focus on distribution, leveraging existing networks to get systems into the hands of communities, be they close by or 5 hours from the nearest town. We believe the most catalytic innovations are enablers. Our goal is to enable businesses and homeowners to achieve their vision, affordably and sustainably.
We envision communities that don’t have to migrate to find better work and quality of life.
We envision companies that profit while improving the environment in which they operate.
We envision economies that are sustainable, equitable, and inspiring to all.
Marianne has been installing solar systems in medical centers and schools in Tanzania for the past 8 years via TanzSolar, which she founded in 2007. She co-founded Simusolar to bring power to the wider community, sustainably. Prior, Marianne founded and managed Pacific Solar Company, a photovoltaic system design and installation business in the US, in 1991. With over 25 years in solar development and distribution, she is committed to clean energy for all.
Laurent is our second physicist, as well as a seasoned science & mathematics teacher, project manager, and human resources professional. John manages talent development and is key to our regional expansion. His recent experience includes non-profit management at Jipe Moyo and principal leadership at the Tupendane Centre in Musoma. He is committed to improving the lives of disadvantaged groups and contributing to sustainable development.
“Access to clean, safe and affordable energy by low income groups will have an impact to the quality of their lives. Simusolar’s mission is just that.”
David co-founded the off-grid solar industry in the late 1970s and has been developing and distributing solutions at all scales since. A serial entrepreneur, he founded Backwoods Solar, Solar ATM, and AEE Solar, one of the largest solar distributors in North America, now part of SunRun. He leads product development as we focus our efforts on the many productive applications of power: in homes, in agriculture, and in small businesses.
Full-stack developer with 12 years of programming, project management, and integrations experience at Airtel, Tigo, Comviva, et al.
“We invested a lot of time to integrate with Airtel and Vodacom, who operate across the region. Now, if we want to expand to other countries, the technical work has largely been done.”
President and COO led several social enterprise incubators in Nigeria and the US, practicing agile development, human centered design, and financial strategy. In 2013, his work on agricultural supply chains won his team a grant from IDEO via the HCD Connect initiative. Michael brings 12 years of experience in financial services, including microfinance, corporate finance, risk management, and structured products.
Experienced office manager, bookkeeper, and customer services professional with 7+ years experience at Juasun and Tanzolar.
“Customers call if they have problems with their system. They are surprised how we can solve their issues and trust us more.”
Justin has been working in solar installation, product testing, and sales for the past 7+ years at Juasun and Tanzsolar, leading a team that sold over 5,000 solar units. He is a teacher in the community and engineer in the office, and spearheads our sales effort in Musoma.
Full-stack application developer experienced in systems administration and web based applications at Wal-Mart Information Systems Division (5 years) and as an independent consultant (11 years). Since he was eight years old John has been writing computer programs on a Commodore 64, then in 1995 started using Linux and learned C/C++ while attending the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. More recently, spurred by a Raspberry Pi, John has tackled all things electronic (he now has 5 Raspberry Pis and 3 Arduinos and about 40+ projects ranging from robotics to a simple lights turned on via a small solar panel).
Senior technical support engineer in mobile technology, web design, database administration, and complex system administration at IBM, Airtel, and NMB.
Godfrey is a certified accountant and CPA. He keeps the books, manages the budgeting process, and oversees cash management, among other responsibilities.
He has been working in renewable energy industry the past 4 years as a regional sales manager, where he coaches, trains and manages 40+ sales officers. With his teams, they have put solar lights to 20,000+ households in the Lake zone. Also worked in a Branding and Outdoor advertising in Tanzania as a Business Development Manager. Talent management in Botswana and South Africa. Strategist of the company direction and developing new products; Survey to identifying potential advertising spaces. As well as developing and implement all marketing initiatives of the company.
He holds a BA in Public Relations and Marketing, he is a diverse individual with proven multi-experiences in human resources, Public Relations, Sales and Marketing, locally and internationally. He is knowledgeable in sales and marketing, renewable energy, leadership, communications, media management and relations, advertising, branding, event management, coaching, public relations and human resources. He is dynamic, diverse with multi-experiences.
4 years of experience in Store Keeping, Inventory, Procurement and Book Keeping. Experience at NAFCO and East African Fossils Company (EAFCO). She holds a diploma in Procurement and Supplies.
She has hands on experience of more than one-year in the field of Electronics and telecommunication. She has experiences in solar systems installations, product testing and hardware trouble shootings. Regina holds a diploma in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering.
5 years of experience as a software developer, database and Network administration at Viettel Tanzania and Juasun.net. He holds a BSc. in Computer Science.
She is a lawyer by profession. She has been working in the law field for 7 years. Before joining Simusolar as the Assistant to CEO and supporting HR Dept. she worked at YWCA.
“Environmental protection is the protection of human rights, Simusolar has chosen to protect human rights by conduct business which is not harmful to environment”
Co-Founder of and Investor in several solar companies in Europe, US and Latin America: Conergy AG, Mainstream Energy, REC Solar; Investment Banking in Hong Kong
“The health, livelihood, and environmental impacts of kerosene and charcoal are overwhelming. By targeting not just homes but workplaces, Simusolar has enormous potential to make a meaningful dent on these ills.”
Seasoned investment banker with specialties in East Africa, treasury operations, and financial risk management; CEO of InterCapital Ltd, formerly with National Microfinance Bank, CAD Securities, CRDB, Merrill Lynch, TDFL Group, Merchant Card & Reymark Investment & Trust.
20yr Telecom and Data Communications, 9yr Cleantech and Renewable Energy, 15 yr startups and turnarounds; at Tioga Energy, Wildfire, Nortel, McKinsey, Tyco, Raychem.
“Marianne a long time solar veteran with years of experience bringing solar to Tanzania is combining proven financing models with advanced energy and communications technologies to transform life in Tanzania. Her team’s simple, fair and affordable service is fundamental to eliminating poverty and improving life for thousands and eventually millions of Africans.”
35 years with the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology with a focus on ICT for socio-economic development; 6 years with TanzSolar
“In Tanzania, it’s not a question of wanting solar solutions, but accessing them. Simusolar has figured out how to make products widely available.”
Partners & Agents
Simusolar Partners share our mission and have relationships with communities that can benefit from our services. Partners include non-profits, trade associations, and governmental bodies. We work together to provide access to needed systems while soliciting useful customer insights for future offerings.
Agents are businesses or individuals that are imbedded in hard-to-reach communities and seek to improve their livelihoods by selling systems suitable for life-quality and/or income-generation. Like Partners, they are clients themselves and fluent with our offering.