"Creating a path that gives exposure… to technology and clean energy solutions is a new thing for the markets that we are working in," Erica Mackey, COO and co-founder of Off Grid Electric, said.
The work being done by Off Grid forms part of a wider trend of companies using technology to bring clean energy solutions to people living in the developing world, where access to energy is for many people difficult.
Earlier this year, Sustainable Energy spoke to Husk Power Systems, a company looking to empower rural Indians, making the most of the essential ingredient in almost every meal: Rice.
The company takes the husks left over after rice has been milled, and uses a biomass gasifier to turn them into biofuel.
Back in Africa, Mackey's ambitions are not restricted to helping improve lives in Tanzania. "We are also looking at launching in new markets," she said.
"We are already piloting in Rwanda and we will be expanding to a few more countries next year so our goal, clearly, is lighting Africa in this decade and we are already on path."