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Business as a force for good: OPIC celebrates another banner year

December 19, 2014

  Simpa Networks, a new OPIC client is working to provide solar power to tens of thousands of rural Indians. OPIC this week announced fiscal year financial results showing another strong year in 2014, including $3 billion in financing and insurance commitments in emerging markets, which mobilized an additional $3.2 billion in private-sector investment. OPIC also extended its longstanding track
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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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Featured photo: Global Partnerships, winner of OPIC Impact Award for Access to Finance

June 06, 2014

A farmer in Nicaragua tends to young coffee plants, which will replace and build on his aging crop. This agricultural expansion was made possible through credit offered by a subsidiary lender of Global Partnerships, an impact investor that was able to expand its lending in Latin America thanks to OPIC support. Global Partnerships’ Social Investment Fund 5.0 was a recipient
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Featured Photo: Inter-Mac International Inc., winner of OPIC’s Impact Award for Access to Finance

April 04, 2014

Some of the 5,000 residents of the Los Castanos de Choloma housing community in Honduras, which Inter-Mac International Inc. built with the support of OPIC financing. On March 11, OPIC awarded Inter-Mac an OPIC Impact award in the Access to Finance category for the project, which not only provides safe and affordable housing for a low-income population, but also offers
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OPIC supported San Andres Solar Plant named Project Finance International’s Latin American Solar Deal of the Year

March 31, 2014

Last year, OPIC provided financing to SunEdison to construct one of the largest solar power facilities in the world, a photovoltaic plant in San Andres, Chile. As a mark of its innovation and scope, the project recently received an award from Project Finance International, which named SunEdison’s San Andres facility the Latin American Solar Deal of the Year for 2013.
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OPIC supported Alto Maipo Hydroelectric Plant named Project Finance International’s Latin America Power Deal of the Year

January 06, 2014

Alto Maipo SpA, which recently closed a $245 million loan from OPIC to construct a hydroelectric power plant in Chile, has been named Project Finance International’s Latin America Power Deal of the Year. The renewable electricity source will become a key generation facility for Santiago, Chile’s largest city and capital. The plant will reduce electricity costs for local residents as
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OPIC helps kick off ILPA webcast series

August 23, 2012

Last week, during a live webcast entitled Emerging Market Private Equity – Part 1: “A Growth Story,” OPIC’s Chief Investment Strategist Jay Koh highlighted ways to be successful in emerging market private equity.  Koh and International Finance Corporation Chief Investment Officer and Manager David Wilton hosted the Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA) sponsored webcast, which attracted nearly 100 active participants.
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Emerging market private equity: Why the angel is in the details

August 15, 2012

When OPIC hosted some clients this spring for a discussion about private equity, we conducted a highly informal survey about the climate for fundraising today and the outlook for tomorrow. The results were realistic but sobering. On a scale of one to five with one being “great” and five being “dismal,” half of the 10 guests who completed the survey
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Extending the reach of microfinance

June 11, 2012

OPIC’s 2011 annual report takes a look back at the agency’s first 40 years and highlights some lending programs from the 1970s that delivered loans – sometimes in amounts less than $1,000 – to individuals and small businesses in developing countries. Decades before microfinance became widely recognized as an effective tool for supplying small loans to individuals and small businesses, OPIC was
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Calling on Caribbean entrepreneurs

March 01, 2012

Last year OPIC, in cooperation with the Department of State, agreed to provide $150 million to support winning projects in two 2012 business proposal competitions to be conducted in 2012 by State’s new International Diaspora Engagement Alliance (IdEA). One of those competitions, the Caribbean IdEA Marketplace, launched on March 1, 2012. OPIC will provide $50 million to support the Caribbean
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