WASHINGTON, Nov. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Export-Import Bank announced today that it authorized approximately $200 million to finance U.S. renewable energy exports in FY 2014, bringing its total support to nearly $2 billion since 2009. Backed by a congressional mandate to support environmentally beneficial U.S. exports, Ex-Im is committed to empowering American companies to sell their renewable energy goods and services in overseas markets, which results in more highly skilled jobs for U.S. workers.
"American businesses have the innovation, technologies, and skilled workers needed to seize the unprecedented opportunities emerging in the global renewable energy sector," said Ex-Im Chairman and President Fred P. Hochberg. "Our goal at Ex-Im is to fill the gap when private lenders can't offer support, so that U.S. companies can compete on a level playing field in this growing market."
Last year alone, the Bank's nearly $200 million in financing authorizations enabled U.S. companies to ship approximately $550 million worth of renewable energy exports to the global marketplace in support of wind, solar, hydropower, and geothermal projects. Private sector lenders generally are unable to offer longer financing terms on renewable energy projects, so the Bank's support is especially important in a sector where capital needs and fuel costs are spread across the lives of projects in very different ways as compared with traditional energy projects.
ABOUT EX-IM BANK:
Ex-Im Bank is an independent federal agency that supports and maintains U.S. jobs by filling gaps in private export financing at no cost to American taxpayers. The Bank provides a variety of financing mechanisms, including working capital guarantees and export credit insurance, to promote the sale of U.S. goods and services abroad.
Exporters can learn about how Ex-Im Bank products can empower them to increase foreign sales by visiting www.exim.gov.