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About Our Work

Mission and Vision

Established in 2008, Elephant Energy’s mission is to improve the quality of life in developing communities by pioneering ventures that provide access to appropriate sustainable energy technologies.


Elephant Energy was founded in 2008 by Doug Vilsack.  While working in Namibia for the WWF Doug noticed a severe gap in the energy access in Katima Mulilo, a small region in the North of the country.  Farmers needed lights to protect their fields from elephants who would destroy their crop at night.  He reached out to friends and family to raise funds for the first round of solar lights to be distributed in Namibia.  Since then, Elephant Energy, has spread to 8 regions and adopted a social enterprise model, selling lights, and generating income throughout the rural the North of the country.

Where We Work

Namibia is the second most sparsely populated country in the world.  It’s low population density combined with high import tariffs makes it an extremely challenging country in which to do business.  It is a country often forgotten about by traditional non-profits and social enterprises.

Yet more than 1 million people lack access to electricity in Namibia and 60% of the country’s electricity comes from imported fossil fuels.

Elephant Energy in Nambia

Elephant Energy works in 8 Regions across Namibia,
Khomas, Kavango, Ohangwena, Omusati,
Oshikoto, Otjozondjupa, Oshana, Zambezi,
delivering products to the most rural areas.

Bring energy to Namibian Communities.