Akon Launches First Black-Owned Solar Energy Company

Carmen Roxanna
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Rapper turned entrepreneur Akon, launched company Akon Lighting Africain 2014 to help provide solar energy in various communities throughout the continent. Last year, the hip hop mogul launched sister company Akon Lighting America, and has become the first black-owned solar energy company in the United States. 

Akon recently stopped by The Breakfast Club on Power 105.1 and shared why his latest power move is not only better for the environment, but it can also save consumers hundreds of thousands of dollars in electric costs. Akon explained that the solar panels are installed and completely cuts out electricity, storing solar energy dependent on how many sunny days a customer has. He also said the solar energy alternative is especially vital during severe stormsor power outages because of the stored solar energy.

Last year, the Akon said in a statement about the project, “We are extremely proud to launch Akon Lighting America which will enable us to serve and benefit our country – The United States of America – just like we have done in Africa with our ongoing initiative, Akon Lighting Africa. We are pleased by the overwhelmingly positive response of leaders to embrace a public-private partnership that aims to address the SDGs and help them to reach specific goals by 2030,”

Check out Akon’s full Breakfast Club interview here. 

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