The United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) hosted a Solar / Renewables Discussion and Networking Event at the U.S.-Africa Clean Energy Development and Finance Center at the U.S. Consulate Johannesburg on June 6th, on the occasion of the visit of USTDA’s Director to South Africa, Leocadia Zak. Consul General Earl Miller opened the program, which included more than 70 guests from the public and private sectors. U.S. Export-Import Bank Chairman Fred Hochberg spoke at the event. Exim Bank, USTDA and the Overseas
Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) are working together with South African partners to develop and finance clean energy projects. USTDA signed grants in support of concentrated solar power and small hydropower projects in the Northern Cape. USTDA’s grant to Ample Solar Holdings will fund a study for two concentrated solar power projects, with Areva Solar performing the feasibility study.