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Electricity supply unreliable even for many grid-connected Africans

A new survey of electricity access across Africa shows the regions where energy poverty is most severe and also highlights the fact that many households that are grid-connected still lack consistent access to power. The survey from the African research group AfroBarometer says that in Africa, grid access is lowest in Burundi, Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone, but that even Read more…

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OPIC achieves major milestone, surpassing its initial Power Africa commitment

Two years ago President Obama launched one of the most ambitious development initiatives of his Presidency and enlisted the support of OPIC in Power Africa, designed to bring more electricity to the hundreds of millions of people in Sub-Saharan Africa who have none. OPIC committed $1.5 billion to the initiative and this week we reported that we’ve surpassed that initial Read more…

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OPIC featured on State Department’s Dipnote Blog

“This year has been declared the “Year of Light.” It is easy to see why.” OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield wrote in a recent post on the State Department’s DipNote blog. “Roughly 1.3 billion of the world’s poorest still have no access to electricity. Small-scale, off-grid renewable power, mostly solar, is now accomplishing what far too many governments in Read more…

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On World Energy Day a look at one innovative OPIC partner that delivers solar power in a box

On World Energy Day, we feature a young girl in Nigeria who is able to do her homework after dark with the help of a solar light powered by Lumos, an OPIC partner that provides off-grid solar solutions to remote communities. With the support of OPIC financing, Lumos will be able to provide power access to some of the nearly Read more…

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Ten facts and forecasts that illustrate the demand for renewable energy in the developing world

OPIC is an active participant this week in Secretary Kerry’s Climate and Clean Energy Investment Forum, focused on clean energy and energy efficiency in the developing world. As the forum kicked off on Oct. 20, OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth L. Littlefield moderated a panel on the Clean Energy Transformation that featured multiple companies that are active investors in the Read more…

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Featured photo: Photo of solar plant construction in Rwanda wins Power Africa photo contest

The winner of Power Africa’s Photo of the Year contest, this picture shows workers at the start of construction of Gigawatt Global’s 8.5 megawatt solar facility east of Kigali, Rwanda’s capital. The clean power project is East Africa’s first grid-connected, utility-scale solar energy facility and represents a full 6% contribution to the entire country’s power generation capacity. OPIC supported the Read more…

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ACEF: Unlocking the Potential for Clean, Renewable African Power

By Charlie Stadtlander, OPIC External Affairs In February 2015, in a quiet patch of land an hour from Kigali, Rwanda, with the help of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and Power Africa, energy development in Africa took a historic leap forward. With the snip of a ribbon and the flip of a switch, East Africa’s first grid-connected, utility-scale solar Read more…

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OPIC’s CEO gives keynote address at Powering Africa Summit

OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth L. Littlefield addressed Powering Africa, the first Power Africa Summit held in the United States, on Jan. 30, where she told a group of private sector and government officials from the United States and Africa that reforms in energy subsidies could help spur investments in Africa’s power sector. Power Africa is a U.S. Government initiative Read more…

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Ahead of EnergyNet’s Powering Africa Summit, a recap of the #PoweringAfrica Twitter chat

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‘Don’t let Ebola obscure Africa’s larger promise’: OPIC’s CEO on the future of Africa

The development news outlet Devex published an op-ed by OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield on the promise of economic growth in Africa. In her piece, “Don’t let Ebola obscure Africa’s larger promise and challenges,” Littlefield writes that America’s increased engagement with Africa comes at a pivotal moment when investors are helping build the energy infrastructure in Africa with unprecedented Read more…

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