Our Story

Our Mission >

We believe in the potential to make a difference in the lives of people everywhere

Our Founder >
We were born from the vision and humanitarian work of Robert Workman
Our History >
We launched in 2009 and have since been able to empower people the word over
Our Inspiration >

We are inspired by the employees, friends and family who live the Solar Life.


"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?"

Photo of Robert WorkmanSignature of Robert WorkmanRobert Workman 
Founder, Goal Zero

Our History

Spring 2007

"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.

Spring 2008

Democratic Republic of the CongoFirst 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.

June 2009

A New BeginningGoal 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.

February 2010

Haiti 7.0 EarthquakeHumanitarian partners in Haiti offer Goal Zero batteries and lights after the earthquake. Given the choice of a bag of rice or the Goal Zero gear, people chose power and light.

March 2011

Japan Earthquake and TsunamiGoal Zero donated hundreds of lighting kits and solar panels to families in Japan who were without power as a result of the earthquake and tsunami.

August 2012

Rural IndiaMahout village in rural India received 40 Torch flashlights, providing safety and lights.

November 2012

Hurricane SandyWith 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.

Learn more about Team Rubicon atTeamRubiconUSA.com

January 2013

Barebones CampingSister company Barebones launches at Winter Outdoor Retailer show. What Goal Zero is for power, Barebones is for living, featuring scalable, durable structures and gardening supplies.

Learn more at BarebonesLiving.com

June 2013

Street ChargeStreet Charge launched with Pensa and AT&T in New York City, seeking to empower people on the go.

Learn more at Street-Charge.com

July 2013

Share the Sun LaunchesShare 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.

Learn more at GoalZero.com/ShareTheSun

September 2013

Navajo Nation, Tuba City, AZOver 50 people living without power on the Navajo Nation receive portable and installed solar kits from Share The Sun.

November 2013

Typhoon Haiyan ReliefGZ Nation comes through again, donating $300,000 in power, lights and Barebones structures for victims of Typhoon Haiyan with Charity Vision and Team Rubicon.

August 2014

Goal Zero begins new phase with acquisition 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. 

Read the press release here.


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