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New film shines light on grassroots renewable energy advocacy in Ghana


350 Ghana Reducing Our Carbon (350 G-ROC) and 350Africa.org have released a documentary shedding light on the remarkable journey of the Renewable Energy for Communities (RE4C) campaign in Ghana. The documentary, titled “The Renewable Charge,” highlights the origins and achievements of the campaign by 350 G-ROC, which evolved from a volunteer-led anti-coal campaign into a powerful community-centered advocacy movement for renewable energy. 

Following the success of 350 G-ROC’s efforts to oppose a coal-fired power plant in Ekumfi District, Ghana, the RE4C campaign was launched, bringing together community members, activists, and stakeholders united in their commitment to promoting renewable energy solutions and pushing for greater renewable energy ambition in Ghana. From training youth and women in the benefits and use of solar, organizing community convenings, engaging policymakers, and lobbying for renewable energy initiatives, the film captures the dedication of individuals and community members as they navigate the energy policy and advocacy landscape in Ghana.

In 2022, the RE4C campaign brought together a diverse group of organizations under the banner of the Renewable Energy for Communities Coalition(RE4CC) to accelerate the integration of 10% decentralized renewable energy into Ghana’s energy mix by the year 2030.

Watch the documentary, “The Renewable Charge” here

Landry Ninteretse, Regional Director 350Africa.org  “We are thrilled to share the inspiring story of the RE4C campaign through this documentary, which is a testament to the power of community organizing and grassroots advocacy in driving positive change. The campaign is igniting a renewable energy revolution in which communities are taking matters into their own hands in the pursuit of energy access and a sustainable future free of the devastating impacts of the climate crisis that have become our lived reality. In turn, we urge our governments across the continent and global financial institutions to prioritize community-centered renewable energy projects and call on developed nations historically responsible for the highest emissions to channel finances towards fostering a just transition to renewables in Africa”

Portia Adu- Mensah, National Coordinator, 350 G-ROC, said: “At its core, the RE4C campaign is about strengthening communities to take control of our energy future. Through education, advocacy, and collaboration, we are working to build a more sustainable and equitable energy system for all Ghanaians. By centering the voices and experiences of local communities, our campaign aims to ensure that renewable energy policies and projects are responsive to the needs of the people. As we take on these efforts at the grassroots level, we urge the government to enforce the implementation of the country’s renewable energy plans, among them achieving 10% renewable energy in the country’s energy mix by 2030. “

The release of the documentary took place during a webinar as the world commemorated Solar appreciation day, with community screenings set to be held in Pungu and Nawognia areas in Navrongo in Northern Ghana, the location of Ghana’s first Solar PV utility-scale project on 9th and 10th March. Following the screening, 350 G-ROC and partners will distribute solar bulbs to communities in the area.

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