How can I get help to develop a foreign RE&EE infrastructure project?

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) prioritizes activities promoting alternative energy resource development and energy conservation projects worldwide. USTDA-funded and U.S.-led feasibility studies link foreign project sponsors with U.S. businesses at the critical early stage when technology options and project requirements are being defined. These studies evaluate the technical, financial, environmental, legal and other critical aspects of infrastructure development projects that are of interest to potential lenders and investors. This specialized form of assistance is designed to provide the detailed professional analysis that major infrastructure investments need to move forward to financing and implementation, thereby opening new export opportunities for U.S. companies.

USTDA also supports project development in partner countries through the funding of technical assistance provided by U.S. companies and firms. These activities are diverse and reflect the coupling of U.S. industry capabilities and products and USTDA’s overseas project partners needs and goals. By supporting such activities as:

  • legal and regulatory reforms related to commercial activities and infrastructure development,
  • establishment of industry standards, and
  • and other market-opening activities,

USTDA is facilitating the creation of favorable business and trade environments for U.S.-based goods and services worldwide.

RE&EE exports in action

The example below illustrates how U.S. government services can help U.S. RE&EE companies enhance their ability to export.

  • As a result of a USTDA-funded feasibility study, the largest privately owned geothermal facility in Turkey became operational in May 2009. The 47.5 megawatt plant was built in the Aydin-Germencik geothermal field by the Gurmat Energy Investment and Trade Company, a private Turkish company. During the construction of the energy facility, over $23 million in U.S. exports of goods and services from eight states were utilized, creating high paying export-related jobs in the United States. This amount includes the export of goods and services from Power Engineers (Hailey, ID) and engineering and consulting service exports that were financed by the Export-Import Bank of the United States.

How do I start?

Reach out to USTDA regional staff directly (see USTDA Staff Directory). Also, opportunities to conduct USTDA-funded technical assistance and feasibility studies are usually advertised on the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website. Links to relevant FBO announcements are posted on USTDA's website. Interested U.S. firms should submit proposals according to the instructions in the FBO announcement.

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