The Washington-based Inter- American Development Bank earlier this year announced the approval of a $30 million medium- term financing facility for a Honduran bank to support loans to environmentally sustainable projects. The bank is developing a portfolio of loans to small- and medium-sized businesses in biofuels and other sustainable sectors. How important is lending to small- and medium-sized energy companies for their success? What challenges do banks face in Central America, in terms of regulatory measures or political uncertainty, as they seek to tap the SME market and emerging-industry businesses like those in the clean energy sector?
Inter-American Dialogue's Latin American Energy Advisor. "What's Holding Back Clean Energy Lending in Central America?." (2011). http://digitalrepository.unm.edu/la_energy_dialog/82