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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... 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... 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... Read more...

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ACEF: Unlocking the Potential for Clean, Renewable African Power

The 8.5 megawatt solar field east of Kigali, Rwanda was developed by Power Africa partner Gigawatt Global, thanks to catalytic early-stage funding from OPIC via the ACEF program. The facility opened in February 2015.   By Charlie... 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... 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... Read more...

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Business climate improves in many African countries but access to electricity remains a challenge

Workers in Rwanda head to the Sorwathe Tea Plantation and processing facility, a longstanding OPIC client that was established in 1978 and rebuilt almost two decades later with the support of OPIC political risk insurance. In recent years,... Read more...

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Powering Africa: The renewable energy opportunity

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,... Read more...

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Littlefield on the future of energy in Africa

OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield described the momentum behind President Obama’sPower Africa initiative, which she said has generated strong interest among developers who until recently had not considered doing business in Africa... Read more...

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