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Featured Photo: Innovation supporting rural livelihoods in Tanzania

August 07, 2015

A Power Africa photo contest winner shows a man in Tanzania sewing at night with the aid of a solar light, which is helping to provide additional income generating opportunities for him and his family. The light, made available by d.Light – an African Clean Energy Finance ACEF grant recipient, is empowering rural families in Tanzania by extending their productive
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Featured Photo: Illuminating remote Indian villages with solar power

June 26, 2015

Children do their school homework under a solar light provided by Simpa Networks, a Seattle company and OPIC client that used OPIC financing to introduce affordable solar power technology in remote Indian villages. Last month Simpa Networks received the 2015 OPIC Impact Award for excellence in development in the Renewable Energy category.

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Focus on OPIC Impact Award winners: Simpa Energy India Ltd.

May 28, 2015

When you expand access to energy, you expand access to opportunity. That was the founding premise of Simpa Energy India Ltd., a provider of solar-as-a-service in rural India, which OPIC recognized May 19 with an Impact Award recognizing excellence in development, in the renewable energy category. Simpa was one of seven OPIC clients honored with Impact Awards last week and
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Featured photo: Bringing clean energy to Rwanda

April 10, 2015

Rwandan workers inspect solar panels at Gigawatt Global’s 8.5 megawatt solar facility east of Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, shortly before the solar field’s opening ceremony in February 2014. 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 Gigawatt Global project in
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U.S.-Africa Clean Energy Finance Initiative – Supporting renewable energy to power Africa

January 13, 2015

By John Morton, OPIC Chief of Staff Imagine an expanse of land stretching from the Statue of Liberty to the Golden Gate Bridge in which most residents live their daily lives without a single watt of electricity. Some 300 million Americans would travel home from work on darkened streets, read at night by the light of candles, think twice about
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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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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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Powering Africa: A massive challenge and a major investment opportunity

July 26, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa has seen significant economic progress in recent years with growth rates in many countries that are among the highest in the world, and large numbers of once poor people joining the middle class. But this recent progress sits against a backdrop of major ongoing developmental challenges, many of them related to access to electricity. Because it is essential
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OPIC partners with Millennium Challenge Corporation for Twitter chat on power investing in Africa

July 01, 2013

Access to electricity is a fundamental component of growth and development for any country or region. Africa, home to seven of the ten fastest growing economies in the world, has enormous power potential, but many of its residents still have little or no access to electricity. On June 30th, President Obama announced Power Africa, an initiative that will double access
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