To empower people with a bright, safe, connected, and sustainable future by delivering smart, portable power solutions designed for everyone, everywhere.
"My experience in life has taught me that whenever we try to do something significant, there will always be opposition. The beginnings of Goal Zero started by simply trying to do good, our vision was to help people out of poverty by teaching them how to build businesses — we wanted to empower them to lift themselves out of poverty.”
We ran into so many obstacles that one day I turned my eyes heavenward and said, "I give up. I can't do this anymore." Almost immediately a thought came to me, "If not you, who? If not now, when?" That was profound, and it gave our team the courage to work through our problems. Our vision remained true, but we found that our methods had to adjust from what we thought would work, to what actually worked. We discovered that by creating basic tools that everyone needed and wanted, they could use those tools to create income opportunities within their community.
At Goal Zero, our products are designed to lift the poorest of poor, and are still extremely relevant to the richest of rich. Think about that for a moment. If we have products that will really do that, those products are a great equalizer in lifting us all to a higher place. After all, we are all here on this earth together, having a human experience.
We can put reliable power into every human hand on this earth, without overwhelming our resources. There is enough for all — so, if not you, who? If not now, when?"
Founder, Goal Zero
We started as a cause, looking for a business.
"If not us, who? If not now, when?"
Robert Workman started TIFIE Humanitarian (Teaching Individuals and Families Independence through Enterprise) after visiting the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and witnessing first-hand the need for helping people out of poverty. His revelation, teach villagers how to run a sustainable business in their communities and empowering them to lift themselves out of poverty.
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Democratic Republic of the Congo
First portable solar power pack tested in DRC — originally called GoBe, now the Goal Zero Yeti 150 — consisted of a battery, solar panel and LED light. This simple system brought light, safety and economic empowerment to villagers.
A New Beginning
Goal Zero launches as a business. Our mission: to empower people by putting reliable power in the hands of every human being, based on a mantra of Zero Apathy, Zero Boundaries, and Zero Regrets.
Haiti 7.0 Earthquake
Humanitarian partners in Haiti offer Goal Zero batteries and lights after the earthquake.
Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
Goal Zero donated hundred of lighting kits and solar panels to families in Japan who were without power as a result of the earthquate and tsunami.
With the launch of the "Buy One, Give One" campaign, GZ Nation sent 9 Goal Zero employees and almost $600,000 worth of portable power, solar panels and lights to those living in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Goal Zero begins an ongoing partnership with Team Rubicon, powering their communications during relief deployments.
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Share the Sun Launches
Share the Sun, Goal Zero's humanitarian program launches in online sales, giving GZ Nation the power to change lives by donating sun shares to projects of their choice.
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Navajo Nation, Tuba City, AZ
Over 50 people living without power on the Navajo nation received portable power and installed solar kits from Share The Sun program.
Typoon Haiyan Relief
GZ Nation comes through again, donating $300,000 in power, lights and Barebones structures for victims of Typhoon Haiyan with Charity Vision and Team Rubicon.
Goal Zero begins new phase with acquistion by NRG Energy
"Our mission is to put reliable power in the hands of every human on earth. Being part of NRG, a company that is similarly aligned, allows us to reach this goal in a much more powerful way. We exist to do good, to empower people everywhere," said Robert Workman, CEO and founder of Goal Zero.
Ghana - Powering Education
In April, 2015 we partnered with Tifie Humanitarian and Point Innovate and sent our employees with solar panels , lights and rechargers to the village of Kushea, Ghana, to power up a small technology center. The project will provide schoolchildren and villagers access to a better, brighter future.
Tanzania - Rays of Light
Thanks to contributions by our ambassadors and other companies, we sent six select Goal Zero and NRG employees to install over 1KW of solar power to the 13 beautiful children that call the Kilimanjaro Kids Comunity home and their caretakers. Sustainable power and light was brought to every building on the KKC premises, along with a local church and a public school.
Nepal - Rays of Joy
A group of Goal Zero Employees, Nepalese Sherpas, and Goal Zero Ambassadors Mike and Lilliana Libecki, accompanied representatives of Human Outreach Project to Nepal’s famed Khumbu Valley to distribute solar equipment, Dell Computers, a divvy water filtration system, and gifts to monasteries, schools and medical clinics.
Partners for Disaster Relief
Beginning in September, a series of catastrophic natural disasters struck many communities across the globe.
With the help of generous partners, we were able to distribute over $7 Million in power and light to these communities in need. From Texas to Puerto Rico, Mexico to the Virgin Islands, we've been able to bring light to communities left in darkness.
GOAL ZERO isn't just a company, it's a business created by people who live life to its fullest
Inspired by passion for adventure, respect for the planet and a humanitarian heart. We may be a bit irreverent most days but we take our work and play seriously and are proud to provide the most innovative portable solar products on the market.