Bogota, Colombia [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) awarded a grant to Colombia’s Civil Aviation Special Administrative Unit (AeroCivil) to support diversifying Colombia’s energy resources in its civil aviation sector.The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) awarded a grant to Colombia’s Civil Aviation Special Administrative Unit (AeroCivil) to support diversifying Colombia’s energy resources in its civil aviation sector. The USTDA grant will be used to develop a plan for using renewable energy sources to operate AeroCivil’s remote radar installations, navigational aids sites, aeronautical communications stations, and aeronautical meteorological stations throughout Colombia. AeroCivil expects that the use of renewable energy resources will improve aviation safety in Colombia by increasing the reliability of the nation’s remote power supply infrastructure and reducing the cost of operating remote facilities. The conversion to renewable energy sources will demonstrate how technology can be utilized to generate power in remote areas in a cost-effective and environmentally friendly manner. In 2006, USTDA grants in support of priority Colombian energy projects total $2.05 million. It builds on the agency’s efforts to strengthen the environment in Colombia for investment in the nation’s energy resources consistent with the goals of the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement, concluded in February to increase bilateral trade. The opportunity to conduct the USTDA-funded analysis for AeroCivil under this grant will be competed on the Federal Business Opportunities website (see link below). Interested U.S. firms may submit proposals according to the instructions contained in the Federal Business Opportunities announcement. AeroCivil will select the U.S. contractor that will conduct the study.