CoPower shows solidarity to communities on the frontline of the COVID-19 economic crisis

Aug 31, 2020

Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA would like to thank all CoPower members who have provided almost $700 in solidarity credits. These credits will support energy democracy projects in communities on the frontline of the COVID-19 economic crisis.



CoPower Forgoes Revenue for Solidarity during COVID-19 Crisis

On 1 April 2020, Cooperative Power (CoPower) made the decision to forgo all revenue for 12 months, instead deciding to pass it on to those who need it most – both domestically and internationally.

As a result of this incredible show of solidarity in unprecedented times, Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA received its first donation from CoPower. The donation came through the Solidarity Credit Program which was set up in response to the COVID-19 crisis. This donation is the first of four quarterly donations and will go towards supporting the work of our Energy Democracy partners in the Philippines, Nepal and Vietnam.


Our partner organisations are currently responding to the economic crisis through ensuring affordable and clean electricity for communities. Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA is a founding member of CoPower, a growing community owned electricity retailer which looks to ensure a fair clean energy transition for all.


What are Solidarity Credits?

Each member who makes the switch to CoPower receives an annual $50 solidarity credit. If they are currently experiencing reduced income as a result of COVID-19, can choose to receive the credit. And those members who are receiving a decent income can choose to pass on their credit as a $50 solidarity credit.

Check out this video which explains how CoPower’ unique COVID Solidarity Program is giving a hand up to those impacted by the economic crisis in Australia and across the Asia Pacific​.


Cooperative Power’s member organisations include the National Tertiary Education Union, the Australian Services Union, the United Workers Union, Ballarat Renewable and Zero Emissions Inc, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (Victorian Branch), Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA, Voices of the Valley, and Earthworker Cooperative, the Surf Coast Energy Group, the Victorian Trades Hall Social Committee, Friends of the Earth Melbourne, the Energy Innovation Cooperative and the Australian Unemployed Workers Union. Together our organisations represent many thousands of people who can create a new energy sector. Together we can take the power back!

Please note that the cooperative electricity offer is currently available to APHEDA members in South East Queensland, NSW, Victoria and South Australia.


Do you want fair, clean and sustainable energy?

Become part of the community by switching your homes electricity to CoPower today. CoPower is small, but growing steadily through community members coming together to realise our vision of clean, affordable socially owned renewable energy in Australia and beyond.

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