Clean Energy

Green Business Center, Hyderabad, India
USAID supports India’s clean energy efforts and the Green Business Center in Hyderabad. Powered by solar energy, the center is the first of its kind outside the United States to win a LEED platinum green certification award.
Alex Gainer/USAID

USAID works with developing countries to accelerate clean energy growth by scaling up investment in renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, and by pursuing energy efficiency.

Clean energy can be a win-win solution for climate change and development. It can curb climate pollution and improve air quality, while also extending energy access, increasing energy security and even lowering energy costs and spurring economic innovation and growth. But too often, policy, technical or financial barriers discourage investment in clean energy.

USAID works with partner countries to help lay the foundations to scale up clean energy, with a focus on creating enabling environments that can attract and sustain private investment. USAID programs also work directly with energy providers and private investors to ensure clean energy projects can get the financing they need.

Select Clean Energy Programs

Enhancing Capacity for Low Emission Development Strategies (EC-LEDS)

Enhancing Capacity for Low Emission Development Strategies (EC-LEDS) is a flagship U.S. program that has forged partnerships with more than two dozen developing countries—from Colombia to Indonesia to South Africa to Ukraine—committed to pursuing low emission development via clean energy and sustainable land use. The program helps countries develop and apply tools and analyses to estimate emissions, evaluate options and take concrete actions to pursue low emission growth.

The Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN)

The Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN) is a public-private network that helps clean energy projects and entrepreneurs in developing countries obtain private investment. Since 2008, PFAN has helped more than 40 clean energy projects secure more than $400 million in private finance. More than 150 more projects are in PFAN’s pipeline, seeking nearly $5 billion in investment.

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Last updated: October 09, 2015

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