|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 1, 2011
Thomas R. Hardy | (703) 875-4357
USTDA PROVIDES OVER $2 MILLION TO SUPPORT CLEAN ENERGY PROJECTS IN LATIN AMERICA
ARLINGTON, VA – In support of the Obama Administration's Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) this week committed $2,092,000 in funding for five clean energy feasibility studies in Mexico, Brazil, and Colombia. The studies will generate opportunities for U.S. providers of wind, solar, landfill gas, and waste-to-energy technologies and services.
The projects in Mexico include the proposed supply of 100 MW in wind power to the State Government of Baja California, a proposed 70 MW wind power generation project in the Municipality of Zacatecas, and a proposed 3 MW landfill gas collection and power generation pilot project in the Municipality of Zacatecas. The USTDA-funded feasibility studies will enable the State Government of Baja California and the Municipality of Zacatecas to assess available renewable resources, verify power demand profiles, and draft legal documents related to project implementation.
The grant agreement in Brazil was signed with the Santo André Municipal Environmental Sanitation Service for a feasibility study on a proposed waste-to-energy and landfill gas recovery facility for the Municipality of Santo André, located in the state of Sao Paulo. The proposed project seeks to address the need for landfill alternatives and additional base load power in this key economic hub. USTDA's grant in Colombia will fund a feasibility study on a proposed 20 MW grid-connected hybrid solar and wind park near the country's Caribbean coast.
"We are delighted by these opportunities to work with our partners in Latin America on projects that help diversify their energy infrastructure," stated USTDA Director Leocadia I. Zak. "These grants demonstrate USTDA's strong commitment to help deploy U.S. clean energy technologies in key international markets."
The opportunities to conduct the USTDA-funded feasibility studies will be competed on the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website. A link to the FBO announcements will be posted to USTDA's website at www.ustda.gov. Interested U.S. firms should submit proposals according to the instructions in the FBO announcement. The grantees will select the U.S. contractors that will complete the respective feasibility studies.
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The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project planning activities, pilot projects, and reverse trade missions while creating sustainable infrastructure and economic growth in partner countries.
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