Who we are
Sunlabob is a Lao private commercial company, set up in 2000 and licensed in 2001. The company operates as a profitable, full-service renewable energy provider, providing commercially-viable energy services for remote areas where the public electricity grid does not yet reach. Since 2008, when Sunlabob launched an Energy Efficiency department, the company not only focuses on rural areas, but also on urban ones, conducting energy audits, energy efficiency consultancies for buildings and factories, and supplying and installing energy-efficient materials. In 2009, Sunlabob became the first private Energy Saving Company (ESCo) in the Lao PDR. Sunlabob has a comprehensive organization structure made up of an executive management team of seven members supported by 50 staff members in finance and administration, project management and engineering. Sunlabob is continuing to expand its franchise network throughout the region and has established a strong external support structure made up of local and international business and technical consultants. Sunlabob's staff members are inquisitive, motivated and constantly upgrading their knowledge and skills to be the best in their field. Moreover, they come from varied countries and are fluent in English, Thai, Lao, German, French, Mandarin, Arabic and more.
Sunlabob Renewable Energy Ltd. (Laos)
Andy Schroeter - Co-Founder and Managing Director
Andy Schroeter, a German national, founder/Director/shareholder of Sunlabob Renewable Energy Co. Ltd., is a successful German entrepreneur, who has over 25 years of technical experience in renewable energy, infrastructure and operational logistics. During his 20 years of experience as company designer and manager, he has implemented numeral visions of technical and design concepts that many have never thought possible. Andy is a professional in project and company design, management, technical design as well as practical implementation of renewable energy conceptions, financial management and rural development. His work in Laos with Sunlabob Renewable Energy Co. Ltd. has had a significant effect on rural and country-wide infrastructural development.
His projects in the field of renewable energy have been recognized and awarded by the Development Marketplace of the World Bank in 2005, the German Solar Award 2005 and BBC World Challenge in 2006, awarded by the Ashden Award in 2007 and the African Lighting Award organized by the World Bank. In 2010, he won the Asian Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Asian Region) by the Schwab Foundation.
Saleumphone Vongsakhamphoui - Co-Founder and Managing Director
Saleumphone Vongsakhampoui is a Lao national with a background in participatory development and training. He has a degree in Business Administration from Pakpasak Technical School. Saleumphone has vast experience in the local business environment, and thus is instrumental in the management of relationships with local partners. His expertise in the development of local businesses is also key to the company’s expansion in other Asian countries. Saleumphone is largely responsible for Sunlabob’s reputation as an innovative Lao company that achieves social objectives through a commercially sustainable approach.
Simon Henschel - Chief Operating Officer
Simon Henschel, a German national, has been a long-time associate with Sunlabob working in many diverse areas of the business, particularly special projects and providing support in executing strategic management decisions. Simon has a good knowledge of renewable energy rural electrification technologies and has extensive experience in multicultural negotiation practices. He has also been instrumental in the company’s expansion into other South East Asian, South Asian and African countries. Simon is part of Sunlabob’s senior management team and has represented Sunlabob at various international conferences, workshops and competitions. He currently sits on the Board of Directors at Sunlabob International Pte Ltd. (Singapore branch) and is involved in the strategic direction of the company.
Lloyd Osborne - Chief Financial Officer
Lloyd Osborne, a British national, joined Sunlabob in 2006 and is responsible for the company’s overall finance / treasury functions as well as being heavily involved in strategic management. He has brought Sunlabob’s accounting and management systems up to international standards and continues to work to complete Sunlabob’s transition into a fully commercial, profit driven company. Though originally educated in biology, specializing in tropical ecology, prior to joining Sunlabob Lloyd completed his ACA professional training whilst working for 3 years in audit and assurance, and business advisory for a leading international accountancy firm.
Meera Ajmera - Head of Project Management (Tenders)
Meera Ajmera joined Sunlabob in 2010 as part of a young professionals exchange programme initiated by the Norwegian government agency, Fredskorpset (FK). Following the programme, she chose to continue her career with Sunlabob and now heads the Tenders Department which responds to international competitive bids that are floated by global funding agencies such as the World Bank, ADB, UN etc. Prior to Sunlabob, Meera worked with a renewable energy company in Auroville.
Delia Naughton - Head of Commercial Engineering
Delia Naughton, an Australian national, joined Sunlabob as an Electrical Engineer in 2010 and now heads the commercial engineering department, designing both stand alone and grid connected renewable energy systems to be used in Laos and internationally. Delia also trains technical staff in system design and product development along with providing technical inputs for international tenders. Prior to joining Sunlabob, she was a renewable energy Technical Officer at the Centre for Appropriate Technology's Bushlight program in Alice Springs, Australia.
Andrea Buetler - Head of Sales
Andrea Buetler, a Swiss national, joined Sunlabob as Head of Sales in early 2011. She leads the direct sales department, responding to Lao and international inquiries from governments, corporate companies, international organisations, non-government organisations and individuals. She is instrumental in Sunlabob’s product development activities, constantly expanding Sunlabob's portfolio with innovative and competitive products to access new markets. Before joining Sunlabob, she worked for a leading solar provider in Switzerland. Andrea is fluent in English, French and German and has vast international experience in Europe, the US and China.
Daophet Vongsakhamphoui - Head of Community Development
Daophet Vongsakhamphouoi, a Lao national, is Sunlabob’s community development expert and main link between Sunlabob and villagers in rural and remote areas. He is responsible for liaising with chiefs of villages in order to organise operations, manage community consultation meetings and facilitate training sessions for villagers. Daophet also organises and facilitates community consultation meetings to raise community awareness on aspects of Sunlabob operations. He maintains good relations with villagers and local parties and gets feedback on Sunlabob’s systems in order to improve them later. Daophet is also influential in seeking out and developing new opportunities for Sunlabob operations in rural villages.
Bounpheng Vongpadith - Head of Technical Operations
Bounpheng Vongpadith, a Lao National, has been with Sunlabob since 2004. Boonpheng leads and manages a team of electricians and engineers, and is responsible for managing the day to day operations of the technical unit, namely in the areas of system design and installation of renewable energy systems for rural areas. Prior to Sunlabob, Bounpheng was working with Electricite du Laos for 20 years as an electric engineer.
Sunlabob International Pte Ltd. (Singapore)
Daniel Tay - Managing Director
Daniel Tay, a Singaporean national, started his town planning career with the Singapore government agency, Jurong Town Corporation as a strategic planner focusing on industrial policy and land intensification strategies. Subsequently, Daniel was based in Tokyo for 7 years, working on Overseas Development Assistance programs funded by the Japanese government, such as Japan Platform (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Japan Post and Japan International Cooperation Agency in Nepal, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. In the course of work, Daniel has garnered both planning experience and additional masters degree in Environmental Management from National University of Singapore as well as Urban Design (School of Architecture) and at Harvard (Green Buildings). Daniel recently co-authored the chapter "Sustainable Cities" in Developing Living Cities 2011, published by the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and World Scientific.
What we do
In rural areas, Sunlabob has acquired unrivalled knowledge and experience of the local market and stakeholders while developing and researching energy solutions. These solutions mostly use solar and small-scale hydro power technologies, offering a clean, safe, and sustainable alternative to the consumption of kerosene or wood for lighting or other uses in rural households throughout the Lao PDR. In addition to environmental and health benefits, these interventions support the development of rural communities, as people can pursue an education and income-generating activities during the time previously occupied by conventional practices such as collecting firewood.
To combat the lack of awareness on energy efficiency and to support building occupants in the Lao PDR improve the energy efficiency of their buildings, Sunlabob has engaged in creating awareness towards energy savings. This activity is particularly relevant in the Lao PDR, a country currently experiencing a boom in the building sector. Sunlabob's energy saving services aim to decrease energy consumption and energy wastage in buildings and factories, as well as to increase awareness of efficient energy usage.
As part of its energy conservation activities, Sunlabob offers energy audits, energy efficiency consultancies, and studies on energy saving potentials in factories. Furthermore, Sunlabob is constantly engaging in projects to raise awareness of energy efficiency issues and to apply energy efficiency standards in the Lao PDR. Sunlabob's view on energy efficiency in the Lao PDR is that the private sector must receive public sector support in the development of national standards for buildings and hotels in order to increase the quality of buildings.
- Sunlabob believes that responsible, long-term oriented entrepreneurship is the driving force for sustainable economic development and for providing managerial, technical, and financial resources needed to meet social and environmental challenges.
- With this being the core principle behind our approach, we can generate a profit as well as provide a service to the developing country of Laos. To this end, we have been committed since our inception to providing our solutions at affordable and competitive rates.
- Furthermore, we are dedicated to helping achieve UN Millennium Development Goal #7: Ensure environmental sustainability. Sunlabob thus also participates in the UNEP Climate Neutral Network.
- Sunlabob has installed more than 10,000 systems in over 500 villages and locations in Laos.
- Sunlabob has received numerous international awards for its innovative ideas.
- Sunlabob has public private partnerships with various development agencies, such as GTZ, DEG, and IFC.
- Sunlabob has expanded its Solar Lantern Rental System operations into Cambodia, Uganda and Afghanistan.
- Sunlabob is expanding into village grids with hybrid renewable energy sources and has launched R&D efforts for solar pumping and biofuels.
- Sunlabob has successfully initiated a rental service for energy systems that allows households and villages to afford electricity.
- Sunlabob collaborated with other Lao agencies to launch the Lao Institute for Renewable Energy (LIRE), a non-profit organization dedicated to the research and testing of viable renewable energy technology.
- Sunlabob is a key player in carbon-reducing concepts and has successfully entered the carbon trading market.
- Sunlabob installed the Lao's first grid connected solar system at the German Embassy.
- Sunlabob conceptualised and implemented the Lao's first rural electrification project connected to the national grid.
- Sunlabob, in 2011, won an international tender to supply and install 12,000 Solar Home Systems in Cambodia
- Sunlabob, in 2012, won 3 United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) contracts in Sierra Leone, Mozambique and Liberia