ARLINGTON, Va. – The U.S. Trade and Development Agency announced a call for initial proposals from project sponsors in Latin America and the Caribbean or U.S. companies working with project sponsors in the region to develop energy infrastructure. These entities are invited to submit an initial concept paper (not to exceed five pages) to USTDA for funding consideration of feasibility studies, and/or technical assistance activities in: 1) traditional and renewable energy; 2) electricity transmission and distribution; and 3) energy efficient technologies and solutions for various infrastructure applications, including airports, ports, and electric and/or water utilities.
The proposal should include a brief description of the project’s size and status, including project location, economic fundamentals, equipment and technology requirements, legal and regulatory considerations, and the purpose and amount of USTDA funding requested. The proposal should also outline the sponsor’s experience, potential options for financing the project, project implementation risks, and estimated potential for U.S. content in the project’s implementation.
USTDA accepts proposals to support infrastructure project development in low and middle-income countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Teams comprised of qualifying U.S. businesses and eligible entities from the public or private sectors in Latin America and the Caribbean may submit proposals wherever the U.S. business meets USTDA’s nationality requirements. See USTDA’s Guidelines for Sole Source Project Proposals for more details. Eligible entities in Latin America and the Caribbean who intend to engage a U.S. business but have not yet selected such a business may also submit proposals. If selected for funding, USTDA will assist these entities in identifying a U.S. business to conduct a mutually agreed-upon scope of work.
USTDA will employ the following criteria among others to evaluate proposals and make programming decisions:
- Potential for U.S. exports: USTDA’s goal is to create export opportunities for manufacturing enterprises in the United States. Proposals will be evaluated based in part on the potential that projects represent for U.S. manufacturers and service providers.
- Potential for financing and implementation: Proposals will be evaluated to determine the potential that projects have to eventually attract financing and, subsequently reach implementation. Offerors are expected to demonstrate how USTDA’s grant capital will attract public and private investment, and lead to new infrastructure capacity.
- Potential for development impact: USTDA strives to help enterprises build new power capacity, increase access, and drive public and private investment in the region’s power sectors. Proposals will be evaluated based on the potential those projects represent for adding capacity, achieving new connections, and/or driving investment.
- Strength of the offeror: USTDA will consider the credentials of the host country project sponsor and, where applicable, the expertise of the U.S. firm.
Prospective offerors may pose questions to USTDA at the following address: LACEnergy@ustda.gov. The initial concept papers which are responsive to the evaluation criteria may be submitted to this address no later than Friday, April 26, 2019 at 12:00pm Eastern Time.