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Featured photo: Generating power in Jordan

November 07, 2014

Over the past few years, strong economic growth in Jordan has increased the demand for power beyond the country’s generation capacity. The 240MW AES Levant Power Plant, which was financed by a $170 million OPIC loan in addition to a $100 million loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, is strengthening the stability and supply of energy in
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Business climate improves in many African countries but access to electricity remains a challenge

November 06, 2014

Doing business in Africa is not always easy, but the business climate is improving in many African countries, the World Bank’s latest Doing Business report shows. The latest version of the Bank’s widely-watched report shows that many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have adopted reforms related to starting a business, protecting investors, paying taxes and registering property. Five of 10 countries listed
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Featured photo: Support for small businesses in the Middle East

October 31, 2014

OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield toured a water bottling company in Ramallah this week during her trip to the West Bank, Israel and Jordan. This company received financing through the nonprofit Middle East Investment Initiative, an OPIC partner that supports small businesses in the Middle East. These small enterprises are critical to the region’s economic growth and job creation,
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Video: How one solar project brings multiple benefits to a community

October 30, 2014

In June, OPIC committed financing to First Solar, Inc. to support construction of the Luz del Norte solar photovoltaic park in Chile’s Atacama desert. The plant will be the largest photovoltaic project in Latin America, with a capacity of 141 megawatts. In addition to introducing a clean source of fuel in Chile, the project is bringing many additional benefits to
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Powering Africa: The renewable energy opportunity

October 27, 2014

Third in a series looking at OPIC’s approach to powering Africa. For earlier posts see Powering Africa: The off-grid challenge, and Powering Africa: The on-grid challenge. The sun shines almost daily throughout most of Sub-Saharan Africa, but most of the population – more than 620 million people — lives in the dark. This extreme energy poverty in a region so rich
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Featured photo: Bringing healthcare to rural Hondurans

October 24, 2014

Doña Chila became a volunteer community pharmacist serving the 2,500 residents of El Tigre Island in Honduras through a training program provided by a local partner of social investment fund Global Partnerships. Each day she counsels at least 15 customers about recommended medications and dosages. Global Partnerships is an OPIC client that provides small microfinance loans in rural communities and
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Geothermal key to powering Africa

October 23, 2014

By Stephen Morel Climate Finance Specialist, OPIC In the next three years, Africa is expected to see an unprecedented amount of geothermal power come online. Through President Obama’s Power Africa initiative, OPIC is poised to be a key player in unlocking the potential of geothermal on the continent. During the Geothermal Resources Council’s 38th Annual Meeting in September, attendees explored how
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On World Food Day, a story of restoring potato crops to Tanzania

October 16, 2014

Family and smallholder farmers play a global role in protecting our environment, eliminating hunger and achieving sustainable development – especially in developing nations. On October 16, World Food Day will highlight this issue, with the theme of “Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth,” which will raise the profile of family and smallholder farmers. As is often the case,
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Littlefield on the future of energy in Africa

October 14, 2014

OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield described the momentum behind President Obama’s Power Africa initiative, which she said has generated strong interest among developers who until recently had not considered doing business in Africa. “The world is waking up to the fact that business can be a force for good and has a critical role to play,” Littlefield told Devex
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Featured photo: Illuminating rural villages in India

October 10, 2014

A snack shop owner in a small town near Mangalore, India gets electricity to light the store from a simple pay-as-you-go solar system provided by Simpa Energy India Ltd., a subsidiary of Simpa Networks of Seattle. OPIC recently committed a $3 million loan to Simpa to support the introduction of up to 50,000 new solar systems in rural parts of
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