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New $50 Million Fund Means Better Access to Finance for Companies Operating Beyond the Grid

Vrinda Manglik | Posted 10.20.2016 | Green
Vrinda Manglik

SunFunder, a specialist solar finance company focused on emerging markets, announced the first close of its new $50 million "Beyond the Grid Solar Fun...

How to Make Every Day, Earth Day

Elizabeth L. Littlefield | Posted 04.21.2016 | Impact
Elizabeth L. Littlefield

One of the small joys of annual celebration days is the comforting predictability of the pledges. As surely as the robins sing in spring, a speaker ...

Dysfunction in Development Aid Runs Deep

Kindra Mohr | Posted 04.20.2016 | Politics
Kindra Mohr

Co-authored by Natalie Bridgeman Fields, Founder and Executive Director of Accountability Counsel, a non-profit organization that amplifies the voices...

Single Week Brings More Than $125 Million to Off-Grid Energy Sector

Vrinda Manglik | Posted 10.26.2016 | Green
Vrinda Manglik

Last week was a huge week for private and public investment in the off-grid clean energy sector. The off-grid sector continues to grow, offering affordable, reliable energy services to unelectrified and under-electrified populations around the world.

Unleashing the Power of Women Entrepreneurs Around the World: The Smartest Investment to Unlock Global Growth

Jin-Yong Cai | Posted 07.27.2016 | Impact
Jin-Yong Cai

On Saturday, President Obama announced that OPIC plans to join Goldman Sachs' 10,000 Women and IFC in the first-ever global finance facility dedicated to women-owned SMEs. Our hope is that many other investors and governments around the world will join this effort.

Beyond-the-Grid Sector Matures With New Finance and Projects

Vrinda Manglik | Posted 01.22.2015 | Green
Vrinda Manglik

Public finance for the beyond-the-grid solar sector is important, as tools like loan guarantees de-risk investment and enable private investment to fl...

Did OPIC Just Finish A Watershed Beyond The Grid Solar Deal?

Justin Guay | Posted 02.17.2015 | Green
Justin Guay

Access to finance is the single largest barrier hindering clean energy access beyond the grid -- but the tide may be turning. 2014 was a breakout yea...

Kate Sheppard

Congress Stuffed Some Coal In Its Omnibus Package | Kate Sheppard | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- The 1,000-page omnibus spending package released Tuesday night is reigniting a fight over rules for U.S. financing of coal plants abro...

President Obama and Private Investors Move $1 Billion Beyond the Grid

Justin Guay | Posted 08.05.2014 | Business
Justin Guay

And at the end of the day, this isn't just about climate, it's about 21st century technological progress.

Success in Impact Investing Through Policy Symbiosis

Ben Thornley | Posted 04.29.2014 | Impact
Ben Thornley

Co-authored with Cathy Clark and Jed Emerson. Some may be surprised to hear it, but impact investing would barely exist -- certainly not at its curr...

Energy Access and the True Cost of Fossil Fuel Projects in Africa

Doug Norlen | Posted 04.22.2014 | Green
Doug Norlen

Last year President Obama launched Power Africa, an initiative to double access to power in sub-Saharan Africa, where more than two-thirds of the population is without electricity.

Kate Sheppard

Spending Bill Protects Inefficient Light Bulbs And Money For Coal Abroad | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The omnibus appropriations bill that House and Senate leadership announced Monday evening would block the Department of Energy from impl...

Reducing the Deficit Through Foreign Aid

David Weiss | Posted 07.21.2013 | World
David Weiss

Providing foreign aid means making a long-term investment in developing our aid partners, which results in both trade and security benefits for the U.S.

Secretary Kerry's Solar Surge

Justin Guay | Posted 03.30.2013 | Green
Justin Guay

Solar power has undergone a historic transition from expensive niche technology to a rapidly expanding cheap technology that is experiencing dramatic growth rates. A solar surge requires four tactical moves that, taken together, would constitute big change.

Development That Works: OPIC Earns Money for the Treasury While Funding Development Throughout the World

Maxwell Kennedy | Posted 03.14.2012 | World
Maxwell Kennedy

In a new year in which the candidates will rehash arguments about American exceptionalism, it is worth paying attention to a little known aspect of American foreign policy that breaks the mold in many ways.

Export Promotion Is Not the Same as Building Markets Abroad

Ben Leo | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ben Leo

It sounds like there may be confusion in the Obama administration over a basic, yet fundamental issue -- understanding the difference between export promotion and development mandates.

A Fashion Foreign Policy

Michael Likosky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Likosky

To protect American workers, in the luxury sector and elsewhere, our government trade negotiators should revisit outsourcing rules.

Secretary Chu's Bank

Michael Likosky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Likosky

The Clean Energy Bank is essential to deliver on President Obama's mandate to "make sure that we are investing in what's required for long term growth."