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Private sector investment in clean energy in Central America


The use of clean energy is rising across Central America, yet there is still significant untapped potential for increasing the use of renewable energy and implementing efficient energy systems. Finance is flowing into clean energy in all Central American countries but there is ample need for more.

On March 24 2016, the Navigating the Climate Economy CEADIR discussion series summarized the status of clean energy financing in Central America.

Gwendolyn Andersen, Senior Climate Energy Economist for the CEADIR project, highlighted CEADIR’s research on clean energy investment in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras and discussed the enabling environment and clean energy investment and lending landscape.

Francisco Acuña, CEO of InTrust Global Investments, shared his experience investing in renewable energy in Central America, including his development of the INDI Fund—a private equity model with an innovative approach to social risk in indigenous communities.

David Ross, Renewable Energy Worldwide Team Lead for the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, moderated the discussion, with a brief presentation on the agency’s renewable energy and energy efficiency work in Central America, including the Clean Energy Finance Facility for the Caribbean and Central America (CEFF-CCA).

**Please note, we experienced technical difficulties in the recording of this event, resulting in varying audio quality. The recording has been adjusted to minimize these effects, but may still affect the speaker presentations.

Download the slides here.

Check out upcoming CEADIR discussions here.

Image credit J. N. Stuart