The African Solar Cooperative
is a renewable energy project originally known as Energy for Old Fadama. Founded by friends to empower the people of Old Fadama by supplying schools, mosques, churches, community centres and other public buildings with solar systems. Access to energy can provide economic independence from other fuel sources, improve education standards and accessibility, and contribute to innumerable further opportunities for the community. Following a strategic decision to incorporate and rebrand itself Energy for Old Fadama is now known as the The African Solar Cooperative with the ambition to work across a wider community and not confine itself solely in Old Fadama or to use its official name Agbogbloshie.
TASC has electrified 40 community buildings in Agbogbloshie; including all community schools. Since incorporation TASC has been accepted onto the UN’s Energy Access Practitioners Network, which brings together governments, the private sector and civil society to build upon and create transformational changes in the world’s energy systems. They have recently incorporated their Ghanaian solar vendor, Black Star Solar and have sold over 100 lanterns to the community. The product range has expanded from purely lighting to charging ports, allowing entrepreneurs to charge up 10 devices at a time, integrating solar charging to their business.
Through incorporation TASC is one of the first social enterprises to use the limited liability partnership vehicle. This enables it to create a number of profit-making social enterprises in developing countries around the world, while enshrining its non-profit nature in it’s constitution.
Cocoon is proud of its sponsorship arrangement with TASC and is excited to see it realise its longer term ambitions.
David Boyd of The African Solar Cooperative said ‘I am really proud of how far TASC has come and our incorporation and rebranding is one of the first steps in securing the long-term future of the organisation. Energy poverty is a global issue. During our 3 years of work I have come to the conclusion that the only solution is energy parity. Providing lights where there were no lights is a start, but the end must provide everyone with access to energy parity. Only then will poverty truly be eradicated.’
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