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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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Pan-Asia leadership program visits Laos, focuses on village electrification

Dec 16, 2014

Pan-Asia leadership program visits Laos, focuses on village electrification

Global Institute for Tomorrow (GIFT) executive education project examines business models for UN-supported rural mini-grid to be built by Sunlabob

Sunlabob’s team in Laos is continuing a long-time partnership with Hong Kong-based Global Institute for Tomorrow (GIFT), a pan-Asia think-tank and executive education provider.

As part of GIFT’s Global Leaders Programme, 29 participants from 19 countries in Asia-Pacific and Africa are visiting Laos to gain insights into new business models through direct work on a rural renewable energy field-project initiated by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP).

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Studer Innotec visits Sunlabob HQ for hands-on technical training

Nov 24, 2014

Studer Innotec visits Sunlabob HQ for hands-on technical training

Studer Innotec, a Swiss manufacturer of sine wave inverters and inverter-chargers used in off-grid electrification applications, recently provided a two-day technical training with Sunlabob engineers in Vientiane, Laos.

Led by Claude Ruchet, Studer Innotec’s deputy director, the trainings focused on Studer’s product applications in off-grid, rural environments such as solar-hybrid village mini-grids or telecom base stations.

“Off-grid electrification is a continually evolving business,” said Andy Schroeter, CEO of Sunlabob. “Keeping up-to-date with new technologies and new approaches is fundamental to staying competitive, which is why business-to-business capacity building like this is so crucial.”

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GSMA publishes Myanmar-focused Sunlabob case study on renewable energy for telecommunications

Nov 21, 2014

GSMA publishes Myanmar-focused Sunlabob case study on renewable energy for telecommunications

GSM Association (GSMA), the industry group representing mobile operators worldwide, recently published a case study detailing its work with Sunlabob in Myanmar exploring the potential for providing renewable energy to telecommunications towers.

The case study, which can be viewed here, marked the conclusion of GSMA and Sunlabob’s partnership that began in July 2014 to examine the technical, financial and operational elements required to establish an energy service company (ESCo) capable of meeting the demands of the quickly growing telecommunications industry in Myanmar.

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Melanesia’s Million Miracle Program taps Sunlabob for solar lighting

Nov 11, 2014

Melanesia’s Million Miracle Program taps Sunlabob for solar lighting

The Million Miracle Program (M3P), a multi-stakeholder initiative focused on access to electricity in Melanesia, has chosen Sunlabob to provide 600 solar-powered lanterns centered on 16 locally-managed charging stations as well as the accompanying community training manuals.

Led by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the government energy departments in Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands, the M3P initiative aims to provide access to electricity services to more than 1 million residents of the three respective island nations.

Access to the central utility grid is as low as 12% in Papua New Guinea, 14% in the Solomon Islands and 28% in Vanuatu.

To supplement the technology, Sunlabob also will be providing written training manuals for the operators and end-users to facilitate proper operation and maintenance techniques in each community.

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Rural Lao schools receive solar power systems and training

Nov 06, 2014

Rural Lao schools receive solar power systems and training

Multi-year partnership with Korean NGO enables off-grid electrification and renewable energy training programs

Sunlabob recently completed the installation of three solar photovoltaic (PV) systems at two schools in Xayaboury province to provide access to reliable electricity in the remote area of northwest Laos. The electricity will be used for lighting, ceiling fans, mobile phone charging and computers and printers at the schools’ office and dormitories.

Enabled through a multi-year partnership with the Energy and Climate Policy Institute for Just Transition (ECPI Korea), a civil society organization from Korea, the project also included technical training for the secondary school students and teachers to improve their general understanding of renewable energy and encourage self-sustaining operations and maintenance of the solar systems.

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Myanmar Electric Power Convention turns to Sunlabob’s solar power perspective

Oct 24, 2014

Sunlabob CEO Andy Schroeter delivered a presentation at the 2nd Myanmar Electric Power Convention this week in Yangon, providing a private sector view of investment opportunities for developing off-grid solar power in Myanmar.

Schroeter discussed why decentralized solar power presents a favorable investment opportunity as well as a viable solution for helping to achieve the country’s goal of universal electrification by 2030.

“With nearly 70 percent of the country living without access to the central grid, decentralized solutions such a solar-powered mini-grids cannot be ignored,” said Schroeter. “Renewable energy can make an immediate impact in the thousands of villages, schools, hospitals and business not connected to the grid.”

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Public-private partnership taps Sunlabob for Lao village electrification

Sep 15, 2014

Public-private partnership taps Sunlabob for Lao village electrification

Off-grid renewable energy enabled by United Nations and Government of Laos collaboration

Sunlabob recently finalized a public-private partnership agreement with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Government of Lao PDR to implement a renewable energy-based micro-grid in a rural, off-grid village of approximately 375 people.

The partnership with ESCAP and the Government’s Institute of Renewable Energy Promotion (IREP) will enable the electrification of 74 households in Ban Nam Ngim, a village in Xayabouly Province, in the northwest of Lao PDR.

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Schneider Electric engineers visit Sunlabob headquarters for solar training

Sep 13, 2014

Schneider Electric engineers visit Sunlabob headquarters for solar training

Sunlabob engineers at the company’s headquarters in Vientiane, Laos recently welcomed two product application engineers from Schneider Electric to conduct a two-day technical training focused on off- and on-grid solar power management.

Schneider Electric, one of the world’s largest providers of power conversion and electric distribution technologies, sent solar-focused engineers from Singapore and Malaysia to conduct training with charge controllers, inverters and communications and monitoring devices.

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Solar power in Bokeo enabled by Plan International and Sunlabob partnership

Sep 01, 2014

Solar power in Bokeo enabled by Plan International and Sunlabob partnership

International NGO and Lao renewable energy company bring more than 200 solar home systems to four remote Bokeo villages

Plan International, a non-governmental organization focused on child health and education, and Vientiane-based Sunlabob Renewable Energy recently completed the installation of 216 solar home systems in four villages of Bokeo Province.

The solar home systems will be used in Vang Lek, Phouviengxai, Kha Nong and La Ang Tai – all villages with low income levels, poor hygiene and health standards and limited education opportunities.

“Remote, isolated communities like these already lack access to adequate basic services such as healthcare and education,” said Andrew Hill, Plan International’s programme director. “Living without electricity further adds to the challenges in these communities. Solar energy is now helping to change that.”

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Sunlabob shares off-grid solar insight at Myanmar Green Energy Summit

Aug 06, 2014

Sunlabob shares off-grid solar insight at Myanmar Green Energy Summit

This week, Evan Scandling, Sunlabob’s regional director for Southeast Asia, presented at the Myanmar Green Energy Summit in Yangon to discuss opportunities and trends for developing off-grid solar power.

Scandling focused on the prospects for market-based solar energy development in rural areas of the country in which about 75 percent of the population currently doesn’t have access to the central electricity grid.

“With more than 40 million people living off the grid, the opportunity for decentralized renewable energy solutions like solar power cannot be ignored,” said Scandling. “Quite simply, the goals for economic and social development in Myanmar will not be achieved unless there is increased access to affordable, reliable electricity.”

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Sunlabob and GSMA form MoU to explore green energy for Myanmar telecommunications

Jul 23, 2014

Sunlabob and GSMA form MoU to explore green energy for Myanmar telecommunications

Partnership focuses on business models for supplying renewable energy to off-grid towers and rural communities in Myanmar

Sunlabob recently finalized a partnership with GSM Association (GSMA), the industry group representing mobile operators worldwide, to develop a business model for providing renewable energy services to telecommunication towers and rural communities in off-grid areas of Myanmar.

The engagement – which also includes Relitec, Sunlabob’s Myanmar partner – is driven by GSMA’s Green Power for Mobile program and will examine the technical, financial and operational elements necessary to run a energy service company (ESCO) that is capable of serving the quickly growing telecommunications industry in Myanmar.

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Opinion: Mini-grids in rural communities – considerations for long-term viability

Jul 15, 2014

Opinion: Mini-grids in rural communities – considerations for long-term viability

This article was originally published in Solar Business Focus on 14 July, 2014.

By Evan Scandling, Sunlabob Renewable Energy

June proved be a month for drumming up much-needed attention for renewable energy in Southeast Asia. The Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) regional hub for Asia-Pacific was launched by the United Nations and partners, and within a week the International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference was hosted in the region for the first time.

Despite the recent headlines and events, for those who look at the statistics, it has never been a secret that Southeast Asia holds massive potential for renewable energy growth, particularly in the form of decentralized solutions.

An estimated 130 million people in the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) region still live without access to centralized grid electricity. Considering that many of those people live in remote, isolated communities – such as one of Indonesia’s 18,000 different islands or in inaccessible areas...

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CEO speaks at International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference

Jun 17, 2014

CEO speaks at International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference

Sunlabob shares lessons learned and provides recommendations to encourage rural renewable energy market development

This week Sunlabob presented at the International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference (IOREC), a leading forum in Manila, Philippines hosted by the Asian Development Bank, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Alliance for Rural Electrification.

Andy Schroeter, CEO, spoke on a panel focusing on policy and regulatory mechanisms critical for stimulating market growth for standalone renewable energy in off-grid, rural environments.

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Myanmar telecommunications forum showcases role of renewable energy

Jun 02, 2014

Myanmar telecommunications forum showcases role of renewable energy

Sunlabob CEO presents renewable energy service model for rural telecommunications and communities

Sunlabob CEO Andy Schroeter recently presented at the “Green Power for Mobile” forum in Yangon, Myanmar. Hosted by the global telecommunications industry group GSMA Association (GSMA), the event brought together telecoms operators, tower companies, financiers and energy experts to discuss the best paths for utilizing renewable energy to facilitate the industry’s rapid growth in Myanmar.

Sunlabob’s presentation, in coordination with local partner Relitec, focused on the business opportunities for providing renewable energy supply to off-grid telecom towers and nearby rural communities.

“The enormous need for reliable energy in off-grid rural areas of Myanmar present a unique opportunity – economically, socially and environmentally – to employ renewable energy for the benefit of the telecommunications industry as well as rural people living without little to no access to electricity,” said Schroeter.

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Sunlabob finalizes Myanmar partnership to strengthen renewable energy offering

May 26, 2014

Sunlabob finalizes Myanmar partnership to strengthen renewable energy offering

Cooperation with Yangon-based Relitec to focus on renewable energy and clean water solutions

This week, Sunlabob Renewable Energy, the Laos-based rural renewable energy specialist, and Relitec, a Yangon-based sustainable energy company, finalized a partnership agreement to collaborate in addressing Myanmar’s growing demand for renewable energy.

“This partnership is an important step for both Sunlabob and Relitec to provide high-quality renewable energy solutions to Myanmar, a country greatly in need of reliable, affordable energy,” said Andy Schroeter, CEO, Sunlabob. “Sunlabob’s experience implementing rural, off-grid renewable energy throughout the developing world will complement Relitec’s on-the-ground knowledge of the local Myanmar market.”

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Sunlabob lends Southeast Asia perspective at EE Global Forum

May 21, 2014

Sunlabob lends Southeast Asia perspective at EE Global Forum

This week Sunlabob participated in EE Global Forum, a leading international annual gathering in Washington D.C. focused on advancing energy efficiency technology, policy and financing.

Sunlabob’s head of communications Evan Scandling spoke on a panel themed “Encouraging Small and Medium Enterprises to Invest In and Adopt Energy Efficiency” which brought together professionals from the United States, Europe and Southeast Asia to share lessons learned about barriers, opportunities and solutions to scaling up energy efficiency.

Scandling shared many of the key takeaways learned by Sunlabob, which was the first company in Laos registered to perform energy audits.

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Sunlabob provides clean water to remote Laos mining operation

May 02, 2014

Sunlabob provides clean water to remote Laos mining operation

Sunlabob this week finalized an agreement with Phu Bia Mining to supply and install an ultra-filtration water treatment system at the company’s gold and silver mining site in Ban Houayxai, Laos.

With the ability to process up to 3,000 liters of water per hour, the system will provide clean water every day to the camp’s approximately 800 workers employed by Phu Bia, the Lao-registered company of Australia-based PanAust.

A representative from Phu Bia Mining said, “The sustainable provision of clean water at the Ban Houayxai site is part of our ongoing commitment to occupational health and safety.”

The water will be sourced from surface water from an upland stream near the camp.

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Plan International partnership delivers lighting to rural Laos

Apr 29, 2014

Plan International partnership delivers lighting to rural Laos

Sunlabob and Plan to bring more than 200 solar home systems to four remote villages

Sunlabob recently finalized a partnership with the international non-profit organization Plan International to implement 216 solar home systems (SHS) in four villages of Bokeo Province, a remote, poor area of northwest Laos. The SHSs will be used in Vang Lek, Phouviengxai, Kha Nong and La Ang Tai – all villages with low income levels, poor hygiene and health standards and limited education opportunities.

Sunlabob is supplying, designing and installing the 20Wp solar systems as well as providing hands-on technical training to enable the villagers to maintain and manage the systems.

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ASEAN energy community turns to Sunlabob for rural solar PV insight

Apr 25, 2014

ASEAN energy community turns to Sunlabob for rural solar PV insight

Sunlabob this week contributed to the ASEAN Renewable Energy Week event held in Kuala Lumpur to offer practical lessons and perspectives regarding the development of solar energy-based mini-grids used for rural electrification.

Represented by Evan Scandling, the company’s head of communications, Sunlabob’s presentation focused on the unique insights it has gained through its more than decade of experience developing mini-grids and other solar-based electrification solutions throughout the ASEAN region, as well Africa and the Pacific islands.

“The key message is that rural electrification – particularly robust energy supply systems like mini-grids – is a complex and contextual endeavor,” said Scandling, who spoke to an international audience that included private sector, government and research representatives from the ASEAN region and North America.

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Sunlabob provides private sector view at Pacific Regional Ministers’ Meeting

Apr 04, 2014

Sunlabob provides private sector view at Pacific Regional Ministers’ Meeting

CEO highlights key opportunities and challenges for commercially-viable renewable energy growth in the Pacific islands

This week Andy Schroeter, CEO of Sunlabob, presented at the Pacific Regional Energy and Transport Ministers' Meeting, held in Nadi, Fiji to provide a private sector perspective on renewable energy development in Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs).

Highlighting Sunlabob’s experience with implementing on- and off-grid solar power in Pacific island countries such as Micronesia, Kiribati and the Marshall Islands, Schroeter identified barriers and provided recommendations for catalyzing private investments in renewable energy in the region.

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Impact investor forum highlights Sunlabob business case

Mar 28, 2014

Impact investor forum highlights Sunlabob business case

Toniic convenes first “Southeast Asia Deals” discussion; Sunlabob asked to present case study of success and future strategy

Sunlabob this week was a featured presenter during the “Southeast Asia Deals” webinar, hosted by Toniic, a global network of individual and institutional financiers focused on impact and social investments.

Through an invitation from Uberis Capital – a leading social venture capital firm and Toniic Host Member in Southeast Asia – Sunlabob outlined its foundation as a social enterprise in Laos, and its evolution to an internationally-focused company that today delivers its rural energy and clean water expertise throughout Southeast Asia, Africa and the Pacific islands.

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