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Featured photo: From Ohio to India

March 15, 2013

The 10 megawatt Bhandardara Power House hydro plant in India’s Maharashtra State, was rehabilitated and reopened in 2001 by DLZ Corp., of Columbus, Ohio with the support of a $5 million loan. The plant, which was originally built by the local Maharashtra government, had been rendered inoperative after a fire in 1996. DLZ, a civil engineering company, is one of
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PBS Newshour features OPIC client Husk Power

February 22, 2013

Rice is a staple of the diet in India but until recently the rice husks that were left behind in the milling process served no purpose – aside from generating a lot of waste.  OPIC’s $750,000 loan in 2009 to the startup Husk Power Systems Inc. helped that business introduce a technology that converted this biomass waste into electricity and
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Meeting the global unemployment challenge

January 31, 2013

A report earlier this month from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) offered some staggering measures of worldwide unemployment. IFC said there are currently 200 million people unemployed around the world – a number roughly equivalent to the population of Brazil — and that the developing world will need to create some 600 million new jobs by the year 2020, just
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Small loan, big impact

January 22, 2013

In 2012, OPIC committed a $3.5 million loan to Healthpoint Services Global India Ltd., an affiliate of the U.S. company Healthpoint Global Services Inc., to support the construction of small water treatment facilities to some 400 communities in India’s Punjab state that have limited access to safe drinking water. The project, which is expected to prevent waterborne diseases and other
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Featured photo: A modern oasis in India

January 11, 2013

A villager in a remote region of India picks up his daily supply of clean drinking water that has been purified by Healthpoint Services Global India Ltd. to prevent waterborne diseases. OPIC last year committed a $3.5 million loan to the company, which is an affiliate of the U.S.-based Healthpoint Global Services Inc., to support the construction of small water
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OPIC has another record-setting year for renewable resources

October 17, 2012

This week, OPIC announced that its commitments to renewable resources projects rose 41 percent in Fiscal Year 2012, which ended September 30, to set a new record of $1.55 billion. The news follows last year’s  record setting pace, and as the graphic shows, marks a sharp and steady increase in OPIC’s support for projects in clean energy and sustainable agriculture
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In India, living off the grid has its benefits

August 02, 2012

As large swaths of India were in the dark this week after a massive power outage hit half the population, some of the country’s more remote communities had light. Those communities, once restricted by their locations far from central electric utility grids, have in more recent years benefited from innovation that has enabled them to generate their own power. Shortly before this week’s devastating power outage, The
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Six questions about impact investing

June 05, 2012

By: Mitchell L. Strauss, Special Advisor Socially Responsible Finance Investors are increasingly talking about “Impact Investing,” but the practice is not new to OPIC, which has a 40-year history of transforming private capital into solutions for common social and environmental challenges around the world. This Q&A explains the concept of Impact Investing, and why it offers the potential for such strong
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Q & A with Jay Koh, OPIC’s Head of Investment Funds and Chief Investment Strategist

May 14, 2012

We sat down recently with the very busy Jay Koh, OPIC’s Head of Investment Funds and Chief Investment Strategist, to hear more about how investment funds support critical development challenges. Jay is preparing to be a featured speaker this month at the IFC and Emerging Markets Private Equity Association’s 14thAnnual Global Private Equity Conference. He also just wrapped up OPIC’s most recent
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Addressing the lack of long-term lending for renewable energy

April 10, 2012

“Despite significant growth over the past few years, India’s renewable energy sector remains underserved, primarily due to the inability of financial institutions to offer long-term lending,” OPIC recently explained in a blog post for the U.S. Commerce Department. The post discusses OPIC’s recent approval of $250 million in financing to help India’s Infrastructure Development Finance Corp. (IDFC) expand lending for
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