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Sunlabob joins international off-grid electrification forums in Bangladesh

Aug 02, 2015

Sunlabob this week participated in two international forums in Dhaka, Bangladesh focused on providing services and solutions to rural, off-grid populations.

GSMA Mobile for Development Utilities Asia Working Group

GSMA, the global telecommunications industry group, hosted the “Mobile for Development Utilities Asia Working Group” to convene members of the energy, water and sanitation industries to discuss opportunities for how mobile technology can enable access to utility-type services such as electricity and clean water.

Andy Schroeter, Sunlabob CEO, participated in the GSMA workshop with a focus on leveraging telecommunications infrastructure in rural areas to enable electricity access to off-grid communities. His comments concentrated on Myanmar – where Sunlabob has had a presence since 2014 – a country where mobile penetration is rapidly expanding.

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Rural Lao school receives solar water pumping system and training

Jul 16, 2015

Rural Lao school receives solar water pumping system and training

Second phase of multi-year partnership with Korean NGO enables access to water

Sunlabob recently completed the installation and training for a solar-powered water pumping system at a rural school outside of Vang Vieng and Vientiane Province, Laos.

The solar pump system will provide improved access to water for the school, as well as a reliable supply to the school’s garden.

This project is the second phase of a multi-year partnership with the Energy and Climate Policy Institute for Just Transition (ECPI Korea), a civil society organization from Korea. The first phase, the installation of three solar photovoltaic (PV) systems at two schools in Xayaboury Province, was completed in November 2014.

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Sunlabob joins German Myanmar Business Chamber

Jul 15, 2015

Sunlabob joins German Myanmar Business Chamber

Sunlabob recently formalized its membership in the German Myanmar Business Chamber, further confirming the company’s long-term commitment to doing business in Myanmar.

Sunlabob is the first company with solar power expertise to join GMBC. Nearly 60 companies, foreign and Myanmar, have joined the Chamber since its inception in May 2015.

Andy Schroeter, CEO of Sunlabob, and a German national, said: “GMBC’s objectives closely align with Sunlabob’s approach over 15 years in Southeast Asia: to bring together international and local expertise to most effectively tackle business opportunities.”

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Sunlabob provides Lao rural electrification assessment for Youth Corps Singapore

Jun 25, 2015

Sunlabob provides Lao rural electrification assessment for Youth Corps Singapore

This week, a Sunlabob community engagement expert provided consultation during a field visit to Ban Lad Khammune, a village of 241 people in rural Laos.

The governmental organization Youth Corps Singapore, which matches youth volunteers with critical community needs, is leading a project to provide long-term renewable energy-based electrification in the village, which is only accessible via a four hour boat ride along the Mekong River from Luang Prabang town.

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Myanmar team provides solar product training

Jun 19, 2015

Myanmar team provides solar product training

Sunlabob’s Myanmar team recently provided a hands-on solar training session in Yangon for a group of field staff preparing for a rural energy access initiative led by Mercy Corps, an international non-governmental organization and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The initiative, titled “Affordable Technology Innovations for Rural Communities” is targeting 100 rural communities in Shan, Mon and Kayin states that are not connected to the national electric grid.

Sunlabob presented an array of “pico” solar products designed for use by village households and small businesses including solar-charged lithium batteries, high-efficiency light-emitting diode (LED) lighting, and DC-compatible appliances such as fans and USB phone charging.

Through the initiative, Yangon-based suppliers, such as Sunlabob, as well as local-level distributors and retail sales agents will be connected to establish a distribution network that will enable rural communities to buy products such as solar lighting and batteries, and clean cookstoves at affordable prices through installment plans.

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Sunlabob secures supply contract for Sierra Leone solar program

May 09, 2015

Sunlabob secures supply contract for Sierra Leone solar program

Sunlabob recently finalized a contract award to supply prepaid meters to a large solar-focused program being implemented in Sierra Leone by Welthungerhilfe, one of Germany’s largest non-governmental organizations (NGOs) focused on food security and poverty reduction in developing countries.

Welthungerhilfe will install solar systems at 179 different locations throughout Sierra Leone to provide a sustainable, reliable source of electricity to hospital, health posts, schools, banks and other important buildings.

Sunlabob will supply and deliver prepaid meters for each of the installations, allowing electricity users to purchase their power in advance.

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Sunlabob returns to Liberia for solar supply to public institutions

Apr 09, 2015

Sunlabob returns to Liberia for solar supply to public institutions

This week Sunlabob finalized a contract to supply solar photovoltaic (PV) equipment to public institutions in Lofa County, Liberia.

As part of the Sustainable Solar Market Packages (SSMP) Pilot Project lead by the Rural and Renewable Energy Agency (RREA), the solar equipment will aid in the electrification of nine public buildings including high school classrooms, a library, youth center and women’s activity building, among others.

Sunlabob will also provide several solar-powered street lighting systems within the SSMP program, which is funded by the European Union.

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Sunlabob wins contract to supply Marshall Islands schools with energy efficient technologies

Apr 04, 2015

Sunlabob wins contract to supply Marshall Islands schools with energy efficient technologies

This week Sunlabob finalized a contract with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) to supply and deliver energy-saving technologies to be used in schools and education-related facilities throughout the Marshall Islands.

Sunlabob will supply more than 4,600 high efficiency LED lights and 130 energy-saving air-conditioners to the Republic of Marshall Island’s Ministry of Education.

The contract is part of the North Pacific ACP Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Project (North-REP), an initiative funded by the European Union to advance renewable energy and energy efficiency adoption and reduce dependency on fossil fuels in the Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau.

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Myanmar vice president meets with Sunlabob CEO

Apr 03, 2015

Myanmar vice president meets with Sunlabob CEO

This week Sunlabob CEO Andy Schroeter met with Myanmar Vice President U Nyan Tun to share Sunlabob’s experiences with rural renewable energy and discuss the company’s cooperation in Myanmar, where approximately 70 percent of the population is not connected to the national grid.

The meeting, which took place during the vice president’s 3-day visit to Laos, also included Daw Khin Aye Myint, the vice president’s wife, U Maw Thar Htwe, the deputy minister of Myanmar’s Ministry of Electric Power (MOEP), U Kyaw Soe Win, the Myanmar Ambassador to Laos, as well as Mr. Somvandy Nathavong, the acting mayor of Vientiane.

With up to 40 million people without access to grid-based electricity, Myanmar currently is working toward the goal of universal electrification by 2030.

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Sunlabob Renewable Energy secures $2.1 million impact investment

Mar 26, 2015

Uberis Capital and Truestone Impact Investment Management support international growth of rural electrification specialists

VIENTIANE, LAOS (March 26, 2015) – Sunlabob Renewable Energy, the Laos-based company specializing in rural renewable energy and clean water solutions, this week finalized a $2.1 million investment from Truestone Global Impact Fund, a UK-based impact investment fund jointly managed by Uberis Capital and Truestone Impact Investment Management.

The investment will aid the continued international growth of Sunlabob, which has to-date provided its off-grid renewable energy services in more than 20 countries throughout Asia, Africa and the Pacific.

Andy Schroeter, Sunlabob CEO, said: “This investment underscores Sunlabob’s transition from a Laos-focused start-up to an international-reaching company providing off-grid sustainable energy expertise throughout the developing world. We’re proud to leverage our 15 years of experience in remote, challenging areas of Laos to be able to now catalyze access to clean energy and water in places ranging from the islands of...

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Sunlabob unveils new logo

Feb 24, 2015

Sunlabob unveils new logo

To complement its continued growth as an internationally-focused company, Sunlabob is proud to unveil its new logo.

After relying on the ever-recognizable “smiling sunshine” logo for more than 15 years, Sunlabob’s new logo reflects the company’s international expansion, which has taken the company’s renewable energy expertise and professionalism to more than 20 countries throughout Southeast Asia, Africa and the Pacific islands.

“Our original logo helped build Sunlabob’s identity for many years in the rural communities of Laos,” said Andy Schroeter, CEO and Co-Founder, Sunlabob.

“The new logo reflects Sunlabob’s progression to a modern, professional company doing business in many corners of the world. We are confident the new image will better resonate with Sunlabob’s wide range of partners and clients, whether it’s villagers in Laos, development agencies around the globe or business owners in Myanmar.”

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International academia and Lao industry cooperation engages Sunlabob

Feb 23, 2015

Sunlabob Renewable Energy recently joined the launch of a German-Lao program focused on creating networks between universities, industries and government entities to foster knowledge exchange and workforce development within the fast-growing Lao energy industry.

The program, led by the University of Siegen’s (Germany) Centre for International Capacity Development, will bring together German and Lao academics, researchers and students to build links with private sector and public sector entities in Laos through applied research and hands-on job training.

Program participants include the National University of Laos, the Ministry of Education and Sports, Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Electricité du Laos Generation, the European Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Lao PDR.

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Sunlabob adds to Marshall Islands footprint with 150 solar home systems

Jan 15, 2015

Sunlabob adds to Marshall Islands footprint with 150 solar home systems

Sunlabob Renewable Energy recently finalized a contract with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) to supply 150 solar home systems and related training in the Marshall Islands. The contract is a follow-up to Sunlabob supplying 1,500 solar home systems and local capacity building in the Marshall Islands in 2012.

Sunlabob will produce technical manuals to aid local technicians and also provide user manuals designed for homeowners using the solar systems.

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Sunlabob solarizes telecoms in Solomon Islands

Jan 14, 2015

Sunlabob solarizes telecoms in Solomon Islands

Sunlabob Renewable Energy recently finalized a contract with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) to supply, install and provide operational training for solar power installations at seven telecommunication systems across the Solomon Islands.

The installations will provide 100 percent solar-based electricity, enabling the Pacific island nation to reduce operational costs at seven provincial government offices on the islands of Tulagi, Buala, Gizo, Kirakira, Taro, Tingoa and Lata.

Solomon Islands currently has one of the lowest rates of electricity access in the world and electricity prices sometimes more than US$0.80 per kWh.

In addition to installation, Sunlabob engineers will also provide on-site training to operators and end-users as well as local electricians and technicians to assist implementation and maintenance.

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