News 2011

Solar Home System installations in Cambodia underway

From Nov till Dec, Sunlabob, in collaboration with a local partner in Cambodia, successfully supplied and installed 3900 Solar Home Systems (30 and 50 watts) to 28 villages across Cambodia.

The project, to install 12,000 Solar Home Systems across more than 400 villages in Cambodia, is the result of a World Bank financed contract that Sunlabob had won in Mar 2011.

Read more: Solar Home System installations in Cambodia underway

Be a part of our solar lanterns team and bring light to rural areas

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Sunlabob is looking for motivated individuals who would like to intern/volunteer with an exceptional programme that brings affordable and sustainable lighting systems to rural Lao areas. An engineering degree is required (electrical engineering or renewable energy engineering preferred) but the most important factor is enthusiasm and dedication.

“I enjoy what I’m doing. It involves a huge range of activities from product development and report writing to installation and training. It’s the perfect way to get to know the country and its people while feeling you're making a difference,” said Avishek Banerjee, intern at Sunlabob and project manager for the solar lanterns division.

If you want to be involved in a meaningful project, get to know Laos and experience working in a multicultural environment, please send your CV and cover letter in to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Singapore school donates water purification system to Lao village

In line with its Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, School of the Arts (SOTA) from Singapore donated a Sunlabob solar water purification system to Pong Song village in Vientiane province.

The system, which enables 400 villagers to attain clean drinking water at an affordable price, comprises a solar water purification unit (FS2000-Oz) and chlorine production system (Antenna-WATA). After installation, Sunlabob also conducted a training session for the villagers, teaching them how to operate and maintain the system, how to produce the chlorine solution and disinfect the water bottle.

Read more: Singapore school donates water purification system to Lao village

Sunlabob at its 6th Wig Bazaar

This year, Sunlabob once again had an informational booth at the annual Wig Bazaar held at the Faculty of Engineering, National University of Laos.

The Wig Bazaar, organised by the Women’s International Group (WIG), is now entering its 20th year and features entertainment, a raffle, booths where vendors sell a huge variety of products, and information booths by many international NGOs and businesses. Income from the Bazaar and other sources is used to fund WIG Welfare projects to improve schools in Vientiane Province and also to aid very poor patients from all over Lao PDR who come to Vientiane for much needed surgery.

Read more: Sunlabob at its 6th Wig Bazaar

Lao students now have a healthier lighting option for studies

On Nov 2 and 3, Sunlabob installed a Pico Solar Lantern Rental System at a secondary school in Bokeo province, Northern Laos.

In order to showcase their ‘work for light’ scheme to nearby villages, International NGO Plan International implemented a pilot system at the school with the help of Sunlabob and the financial support of the Australian Government Aid programme, AusAid. This system provides the school with 50 rechargeable lanterns that can be recharged at the photovoltaic charging station for a minimal charging fee of 1000 kip. The teachers are responsible for operating and maintaining the system, as well as collecting the charging fees, which are used to maintain the system.

Read more: Lao students now have a healthier lighting option for studies

Seeking business development consultant

Sunlabob is seeking a short term external consultant to develop a business plan and training manual for a water purification technology device. The scope of the project is to develop a strategic framework for scaling up the water purification device's expansion potential in the international market in cooperation with a large manufacturer.

The Consultant will be required to undertake the following specific activities:
  • Conduct market research on the expansion potential for the water purification device
  • Develop a business plan that clearly identifies the activities, outputs and outcomes to be expected during the duration of the project, as well as to estimate the overall impact of the project
  • Develop a training manual for the water purification device. The manual should be developed in line with the overall business plan and Sunlabob operational and financial branded concept for sustainable commercialisation in rural situations

Read more: Seeking business development consultant

Sunlabob goes zip lining for its 2011 annual trip

In Nov, Sunlabob headed to Champasak province in the south of Laos for its annual company trip.

This year’s combined Sunlabob and the Lao Institute for Renewable Energy (LIRE) group of 60 interns, volunteers and full timers saw the largest number of staff participation since the company first started having the annual trip in 2002. Unlike previous years when most of the activities took place on the beach, the majority of this year’s activities took place in the national park where the highlight was zip lining through mountains overlooking breathtaking waterfalls, and experiencing the wonders of a luscious forest by hiking.

Read more: Sunlabob goes zip lining for its 2011 annual trip

Sunlabob Pico Solar Lantern featured in popular Japanese magazine

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Sunlabob’s Pico Solar Lantern was recently featured in the October issue of one of the most influential free magazines in Japan - Metro Min. The magazine introduces new perspectives and ideas, and the Pico Solar Lantern was featured as a product that changes the lives of people living in rural areas.

Here is the English translation of the article:

There are 1.4 billion people who live without electricity and most of them live in developing countries, in rural areas with low income levels. Typically, all family members are forced to work during the day and sleep at the same time after sunset. Children cannot go to school because they have to work, and they cannot study at home because there is no electricity for light. The Pico Solar Lantern solves these problems as it has many uses for the outdoors, and enables studying and house work after dark.

To view the article (in Japanese), please click here.

The quiet energy revolution in Laos

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Edward Allen, the Technical Programme Coordinator at the Lao Institute of Renewable Energy (LIRE) and Technical Advisor at Sunlabob recently had an article, which talks about how a quiet energy revolution is taking hold in Laos, published in the Bangkok Post.

The article also mentions how 20,000 Lao households have power from Solar Home Systems, an impressive statistic for a poor country.

To read the Bangkok Post article, please click here.

Villagers report up to 75% savings in lighting bills with Pico Lanterns

In Sept, Sunlabob headed to Salavanh province for a checkup and follow up visit on some Pico Lantern Rental Systems that were installed in Ban Vang Ngoua and Ban Keng Khoum a month ago.

The goals of the visit were to:
  • Train the Village Energy Committee (VEC) / Village Technician (VT) again if needed;
  • Check the accounting log and rental log;
  • Conduct survey and get feedback from villagers;
  • Install an additional Solar Lantern System with 17 extra lanterns at Ban Vang Ngoua

Read more: Villagers report up to 75% savings in lighting bills with Pico Lanterns

Sunlabob wins 3 international contracts in October

Sunlabob has won 3 contracts to supply renewable energy material and core components to Thailand, Eritrea and Guinea Bissau.

For the project in Thailand, Sunlabob was contracted by the management of a UNESCAP tender awardee to supply material for the construction of a grid connected system at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) building in Bangkok.

The material, comprising of solar panels with a maximum power of 175Wp and grid-tie inverters with a power output of 7,000 Watts per unit, will be delivered to UNESCAP in October.

The second contract, awarded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), requires Sunlabob to supply solar water pump accessories to the Gash Barka region in Eritrea, located in East Africa.

In West Africa, under a contract awarded by the management of a United Nations Children’s Fund tender (UNICEF) awardee, Sunlabob is to supply 31 solar water pumps including pipes and 80 watt panels to Guinea Bissau.

These international contracts reflect Sunlabob’s commitment to provide worldwide development efforts with reliable and advanced products.

Sunlabob hosts delegation from European Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Lao PDR

On Oct 5, a delegation from the European Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Lao PDR (ECCIL) visited Sunlabob at its headquarters in Vientiane.

The delegation comprised of decision makers from German companies with subsidiaries in Singapore and Thailand, including the acting director of German Thai Chamber of Commerce (GTCC) and a journalist from leading German economic newspaper, The Handelsblatt. ECCIL’s partner in the organisation of this visit was GTCC and the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LNCCI).

Read more: Sunlabob hosts delegation from European Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Lao PDR

Brighter and more affordable lighting for villagers of Salavanh province

In Sept 2011, as a result of a collaborative project to bring mobile lighting solutions to remote villages in Laos, Sunlabob and the German Embassy of Laos installed Sunlabob Pico Solar Lanterns in 5 Salavanh province villages.

Replacing kerosene lamps, the solar lanterns provide lighting for activities such as cooking, eating, and reading, and can also be used for charging cell phones. A total of 5 battery charging stations with 50 lanterns each were installed, benefitting over 1,130 villagers.

"This lantern is comfortable and safe. Moreover, we save up to 75% in lighting bills, and whenever we show people from other villages, they want to have one too." says Khankeo Salithithapong, a Salavanh province villager.

Read more: Brighter and more affordable lighting for villagers of Salavanh province

Sunlabob invited to prestigious business forum in China

From 14-16 Sept, Sunlabob director Andy Schroeter attended the prestigious Annual Meeting of the New Champions, organised by the World Economic Forum, in Dalian, China.

The Annual Meeting of the New Champions, the “Summer Davos”, is the foremost global business gathering in Asia. Introduced in 2007 in close collaboration with the People’s Republic of China and with the personal support of Premier Wen Jiabao, last year’s meeting in Tianjin convened 1,300 participants, including over 400 CEOs from Forum Partner and Member companies together with up-and-coming leaders from business, politics, science and technology from 80 countries.

Read more: Sunlabob invited to prestigious business forum in China

Sunlabob extends its international reach via Singapore

Sunlabob has broadened its international presence in Singapore, principally to enhance marketing and business development operations. Singapore is a natural hub for trade, networks and finance. Via Singapore, Sunlabob would be plugged into the international platform to showcase its projects, products and capabilities.

Sunlabob's partner in Singapore, Activistar Pte Ltd, specialises in environmental planning, green buildings and eco-township projects. Activistar operates an online store for renewable energy products, accessories and off-the-shelf gadgets. The online store has a comprehensive catalogue of products that buyers can mix and match, with a safe payment gateway and express delivery.

"While maintaining our existing commitments to local companies, we're adding experts in other disciplines to offer a total green solution to international projects", says Simon Henschel, Managing Director of Sunlabob International (Singapore).

Read more: Sunlabob extends its international reach via Singapore

Meet the people of Sunlabob

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11 Nationalities, 1 Team.

In this video, produced and directed by French intern Hugo Niccolai, you’ll meet the many faces of Sunlabob.

With a team of 70, Sunlabob’s workforce comprises nationalities from Laos, Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Indonesia, India, Singapore, Switzerland, the United States of America and the United Kingdom.

From interns to volunteers to fulltime employees, Sunlabob certainly has a diverse pool of staff with different skill sets, experiences and expertise to bring it to its fullest potential.

View the video here.

Read more: Meet the people of Sunlabob

Water Purification Systems provide clean drinking water for 200 garment factory employees

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In April 2011, Sunlabob installed Solar Water Purification Systems at a garment factory in Diep Vu, Laos. The systems were installed at the factory’s dormitory, and at the annex block of the factory building.

The water purification system, known as the FS Home System, is able to produce 1500 litres of water per day which is later dispatched throughout the building in 20 litre water fountains. Over 200 people will benefit from the systems as they now have easy access to clean drinking water.

This is not the first time the garment factory installed a purification system. In 2009, the factory’s management wanted to offer free drinking water to all its employees, so they installed a FS home system of the same capacity.

Read more: Water Purification Systems provide clean drinking water for 200 garment factory employees

Sunlabob Pico lanterns to provide 100 rural Lao households with light

In July 2011, Sunlabob installed Solar Lantern Rental Systems (SLRS) for 2 villages in Salavanh Province: Ban Van Ngoua and Ban Keng Khoum.

The project was funded by International Child Support (ICS) and co-implemented with Sunlabob as part of a pilot project to bring mobile lighting solutions together with charging stations to villages that do not have access to electricity.

The two systems provide 100 households with multifunctional and mobile lanterns which can be recharged for a minimal charging fee of 1000Kip at the charging station, managed by a Village Technician (VT). He is responsible for maintaining the system, collecting the charging fees and coordinating with the Village Energy Committee (VEC) who is in charge of managing the system and Lantern Maintenance Fund.

Read more: Sunlabob Pico lanterns to provide 100 rural Lao households with light

Sunlabob conducts energy audit at Power Company

In May 2011, Sunlabob and its team of 10 engineers conducted an energy audit at Theun Hinboun Power Company’s (THPC) electricity dam in Bolikhamxay province, Laos.

THPC is an electricity producer with hydropower plants located in Bolikhamxay and Khammouane province. As an electricity producer, THPC has adopted a strategy to use energy efficiently, with the aim of consuming less electricity and selling more to customers.

Read more: Sunlabob conducts energy audit at Power Company

Former intern writes about unique learning experience at Sunlabob

Former Sunlabob engineering intern Mr Ananth Tayal, an Australian National, has recently written an article about rural electrification in Laos for the Engineers Australia website and newsletter. He writes about how his experience in Sunlabob and Laos has opened his eyes to the world of development work, the role that electricity plays in people’s lives, and the influence that government policy has on humanitarian projects.

Engineers Australia is the national forum for the advancement of engineering and the professional development of its members. With more than 85,000 members embracing all disciplines of the engineering team, Engineers Australia is the largest and most diverse professional body for engineers in Australia.

For more information, please read the article.

Sunlabob provides water purification training for staff at NAFC

On July 27-28, Sunlabob conducted a Solar Water Purification System training session for staff at the Northern Agriculture and Forestry College (NAFC).

The Solar Water Purification System was installed as part of a project to improve the college's infrastructure and provide the necessary facilities for improved water access throughout the campus. Prior to the installation of the purification system, water that was supplied to the college contained high levels of calcium, thus making it unsuitable for drinking. The water purification system, with several different filters, treats the water, remove the high levels of calcium and provide clean drinking water for students and staff at the college.

Read more: Sunlabob provides water purification training for staff at NAFC

New Sunlabob Pico Lanterns bring light to 700 villagers in Savannakhet province

In July, Sunlabob installed a second batch of Sunlabob Pico Lanterns in villages not connected to the electric grid thoughout Savannakhet province of southern Laos.

Enabled by funding from the Prince II Albert of Monaco Foundation, the lanterns are improving the lives of 700 villagers, primarilly being used for cooking, eating, working, studying and charging mobile phones.

In a Solar Lantern Rental System, a Village Energy Committee owns and overseas the entire system, and a Village Technician who is in charge of maintaining the system rents and charges the lanterns through a battery charging station. The income collected from the charging fees is divided into 3 parts: 50% for maintenance and the remaining allocated to the Village Technician and Village Energy Committee as their remuneration.

Read more: New Sunlabob Pico Lanterns bring light to 700 villagers in Savannakhet province

Sunlabob wins tender to supply Solar Systems for District Health Facilities in Timor-Leste

In June 2011, Sunlabob won an international tender to supply and install Solar Energy Systems for District Health Facilities under the Ministry of Health in Timor-Leste.

The project is financed under a grant from International Development Association and Australian Agency for International Development (AusAid); and administered by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Each Sunlabob Solar Energy System meets international quality standards and comprises a DC refrigerator, solar panel, PV mounting structure, battery, charge controller, circuit breaker, inverter and 5 lamps.

The systems are to be used in health facilities, in areas where there is no connection to the power grid, to store vaccines and keep medical supplies sterile. Such systems allow doctors to provide much-needed vaccines to residents in inaccessible areas.

The operation covers more than 13 districts in remote areas across Timor-Leste, and will be carried out in collaboration with a local partner.

Intern with our Energy Efficiency Department!

Do you have good business sense and an interest in energy efficiency activities? If your answer is yes, we want you! Sunlabob has a Marketing/Business Development internship opportunity in our Energy Audit and Energy Efficiency department. We accept applicants from all over the world, and offer a unique opportunity to anyone who would like to learn more about the renewable energy and energy efficiency field.

For more information, please read the placement opportunity.

Sunlabob’s energy solutions for low-income markets used as guide for other companies

In July, ENDEVA, a German think tank on market based solution for poverty reduction published an "Energize the BoP" report.

The report is a practitioners' guide to help companies build energy business models for low-income markets, and is based on the experiences of companies, consultants and experts from all over the world.

One of the case studies in the report featured Sunlabob, describing how the company offers innovative programmes that are affordable for the poorest of the poor.

To read the report, kindly click on this link.

Check out Sunlabob on the Ayllu/CSTS Energy Map

Social entrepreneurs around the world are pioneering methods to bring affordable renewable energy to underserved customers. While they currently serve only a fraction of the existing market, the technologies and business models they are developing have the potential, if successfully scaled and replicated, to serve almost everyone.

The Ayllu/CSTS Energy site is designed to help you better understand energy delivery for customers underserved by traditional markets, and the technologies and business models being used to help empower the bottom billions.

On the map, you’ll be able to see over 40 social enterprises delivering energy solutions to underserved populations around the world. To check out Sunlabob on the site, please click here.

New Sunlabob lanterns arrive in rural Laos

In June 2011, Sunlabob dispatched the first of its new solar lanterns, the Sunlabob Pico Lanterns, to provinces in Northern and Southern Laos.

Compared to its previous solar lanterns, the new lanterns are more lightweight and multifunctional, specially designed to meet the needs of rural households and outdoor enthusiasts. With three light intensity levels, the Pico Lantern is suited for all kinds of applications.

The lantern system in Northern Laos is a standalone shared system purchased by Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) for one of their integrated development programmes.

Read more: New Sunlabob lanterns arrive in rural Laos

Sunlabob installs Solar Water Pumps to improve water access at Agriculture College

Between July 2010 to May 2011, Sunlabob installed 4 solar water pump systems, an AC water pump and a water purification system at the Northern Agriculture and Forestry College (NAFC) in Luang Prabang, Laos. The systems were installed to serve different needs of the college, such as the provision of clean water for drinking, water for domestic use, and water for irrigation and farming.

With financial support from the Swiss government, Swiss NGO Helvetas implement SURAFCO, a project to Support the Reform of the Northern Agriculture and Forestry College, aiming - amongst others - to improve the college's infrastructure and provide the necessary facilities for improved water access throughout the campus.

Read more: Sunlabob installs Solar Water Pumps to improve water access at Agriculture College

Sanitation plant constructed at power company to treat wastewater

In April 2011, Sunlabob, in collaboration with the Lao Institute of Renewable Energy (LIRE) and Bremen Overseas Research and Development Association (BORDA), commenced the installation of a sanitation plant, the Decentralised Wastewater Treatment System (DEWATS), at Theun Hinbun Power Company (THPC).

Replacing a previous wastewater chemical system, the DEWATS system is being constructed to treat wastewater issues. It will be installed in every building block and over 750 staff will benefit from it.

Read more: Sanitation plant constructed at power company to treat wastewater

Sunlabob to celebrate World Environment Day at National University of Laos

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From Jun 3-5, Sunlabob will celebrate World Environment Day by participating in the World Environment, Biodiversity, Children's and National Tree Plantation Day 2011, organised by SEED volunteer group; a student group from the Faculty of Environment, National University of Laos (NUOL).

The aim of the event is to raise awareness on environmental issues and to educate people, especially university students, on environmental and natural resources conservation. To do this, Sunlabob will give a presentation on the importance and role of renewable energy in environmental protection.

Furthermore, Sunlabob will be sponsoring a debate session and tree plantation activity. The debate will involve students from NUOL presenting and defending their arguments on various environmental issues, and the tree plantation activity will involve Sunlabob and the team from SEED leading students to plant trees in the NUOL campus.

If you are interested in celebrating World Environment Day with us, please join us on June 3-5 at the Faculty of Environmental Science, NUoL.

For more information on World Environment Day, please visit the UNEP website.

Electrical Engineers wanted!

Are you an Electrical Engineer with experience in the power related field? If your answer is yes, we want you! Sunlabob is offering a full-time opportunity to qualified/aspiring electrical engineers. We accept applicants from all over the world, and offer a unique opportunity to engineers who would like to learn more about the renewable energy field.

For more information, please read the placement opportunity.

Sunlabob wins World Bank tender to install 12,000 Solar Home Systems in Cambodia

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In Mar 2011, Sunlabob won an international tender for a World Bank financed procurement contract, handled locally by the Rural Electrification Office of the Department of Electricity (part of the Ministry of Energy and Mines), to supply and install 12,000 Solar Home Systems (30W and 50W), including spares, to 7 provinces across Cambodia.

Solar Home Systems bring huge benefits to homes in developing countries which aren’t connected to the national electricity grid. Previously, villagers used kerosene lamps for light and these lamps emitted lots of carbon dioxide and harmful gases.

Read more: Sunlabob wins World Bank tender to install 12,000 Solar Home Systems in Cambodia

Sunlabob and CSR Asia host business dialogue on Corporate Social Responsibility

On Apr 25, 2011, Sunlabob and CSR Asia hosted a business dialogue on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at Sunlabob’s headquarters in Vientiane, Laos.

The dialogue session was targeted at business representatives with an interest in CSR and corporate climate change strategies, businesses engaging in sustainability issues, businesses in high impact sectors with an interest in improving environmental and social performance, and expert stakeholders working in sustainable development with an interest in the role of the private sector and partnerships with business for development.
Representatives from reputable companies across Laos had the opportunity to discuss challenges corporations faced with regards to CSR, and exchanged innovative ideas and best practices towards social innovation. Participants also had the opportunity to network and promote future collaboration with other participants.
The session covered key issues and approaches, CSR and the role of the private sector in sustainable development, poverty alleviation and climate change, and what role businesses take in climate change adaptation.
Sunlabob believes that responsible business conduct matters, thus it is involved in an extensive range of CSR activities, particularly engaging in environmental and social responsibilities.

For more information on Sunlabob’s commitment to CSR activities, kindly read this CSR Asia newsletter article.

Solar Fridge Systems to store vaccines in Attapeu province health post

In April 2011, Sunlabob delivered 50 litre solar fridge systems to Ban Namngon and Ban Daksamor in Attapeu province, Southern Laos.

The systems, ordered by Attapeu’s Division of Health, are to be used in health posts to store vaccines and keep medical supplies sterile.

Vaccines are the most cost-effective healthcare intervention. Yet, they are still largely unavailable in developing countries. They are difficult to transport because they lose their effectiveness if not kept within certain temperatures. As such, health posts struggle to effectively vaccinate the remote and sparse populations of Laos.

Read more: Solar Fridge Systems to store vaccines in Attapeu province health post

Going Green with Solar Water Purification Systems in Khammouane province

In April 2011, Sunlabob completed the installation of Solar Water Purification Systems (SWPS) at 5 villages in Khammouane province, Maharxay District.

The project, funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), is a result of a joint cooperation between the Lao Institute of Renewable energy (LIRE) and Sunlabob. The GEF Small Grants Programme promotes sustainable development by channeling financial and technical support directly to NGOs for activities that conserve and restore the environment while enhancing people's well-being and livelihoods. LIRE has long been implementing such activities and together with its partner, Sunlabob, have brought green energy to a whole new level in Laos.

Read more: Going Green with Solar Water Purification Systems in Khammouane province

Sunlabob installs grid connected solar system at DED

In Mar 2011, Sunlabob installed a grid connected solar system with a 10kW solar array at German development Service, the Deutsche Entwicklungsdienst (DED).

A grid connected system is connected to the national grid and feeds power into the grid. This is a form of decentralized electricity generation. In the case of residential or building mounted grid connected systems, the electricity demand of the building is met by the PV system. Only the excess is fed into the grid, allowing the owner of the grid connected system to sell the excess electricity to the national utility provider. In Laos, this technology is new and a feed-in agreement and tariff with the national utility provider Electricité du Laos (EDL) is currently under discussion.

Read more: Sunlabob installs grid connected solar system at DED

Portable Solar Systems to power mobile offices in rural Lao villages

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In Feb 2011, German development agency, GIZ, purchased portable solar systems from Sunlabob.

The systems will be used for the Northern Upland Development Programme (NUDP) where a new survey technology, called digital plane table (dpt 2.0) for systematic land registration in the rural areas of Northern Laos has been introduced. So called the Global Navigational Satellite System (GNSS) hand-held computers are used in the field to survey parcels via high precision satellite positioning.

Read more: Portable Solar Systems to power mobile offices in rural Lao villages

Want to work abroad?

Are you Lao and looking for an amazing once in a lifetime opportunity to work abroad? Well, here’s some good news for you. Sunlabob is looking for Engineers and Business Development Managers to support its projects in Nepal. Come join the Sunlabob team and experience a multi-cultural working environment and opportunity to learn more about the renewable energy field.

For more information, please read the placement opportunity.

Sunlabob delivers solar/wind hybrid systems to Timor-Leste

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On Jan 4, 2011, Sunlabob in cooperation with its partner Lorentz, delivered solar PV and solar/wind hybrid systems to the United Nations Integrated Mission In Timor-Leste (UNMIT) office in Dili, after being awarded the UNMIT international tender.

The wind turbines and solar PV arrays will use renewable energy sources to supply power. Solar energy from the sun is converted to electrical energy by the PV modules and converted to AC power, using an inverter. This power can be used to power standard electrical items. Complementing the PV solar are wind generators that harvest energy from the wind. To maintain a constant supply, a battery bank is used to supply energy to the inverter during times when the sun is not shinning or when the wind is not strong enough.

Read more: Sunlabob delivers solar/wind hybrid systems to Timor-Leste

Socially Responsible Renewable Initiatives in the Lao PDR

An article about Sunlabob’s commitment to socially responsible initiatives was recently featured in CSR Asia’s newsletter.

CSR Asia is the leading provider of information, training, research and consultancy services on sustainable business practices in Asia. Operating as a dynamic social enterprise, CSR Asia occupies the unique middle ground between civil society organisations and fully commercial consultancies. CSR Asia builds capacity and promotes awareness of CSR in order to advance sustainable development across the region.

For more information about the CSR initiative, please read the article

Sunlabob at the first Global Off-grid Lighting Association meeting

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On Feb 16, 2011, Sunlabob International Managing Director, Simon Henschel, represented Sunlabob at the first Global Off-grid Lighting Association (GOLA) meeting held in New Delhi, where the overall objective was to set up concrete steps for the incorporation of the newly formed association and sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU).

Read more: Sunlabob at the first Global Off-grid Lighting Association meeting

Solar Water Pumps installed in Southern Laos

In Feb 2011, Sunlabob installed Solar Water Pumps in Attapeu, the southern-most province in Laos. The pumps, with 3000 litre tanks, were installed in cooperation with the NGO Health Poverty Action, in the villages of Ban Dakshang, and Ban Mainakok in the Sansai district.

Another water pump was installed in cooperation with Salamander Energy, in the village of Ban PhobangNgoi, NakhonPheng district, where it will provide a primary school with clean water.

For more information on Health Poverty Action, please visit their website.
For more information on Salamander Energy, please visit their website.

GEF and World Bank approve grant to provide electricity to rural villagers in Lao PDR

Washington, DC, March 4, 2011 - The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the World Bank last week approved a $1.8 million grant and $36.6 million in cofinancing to fund the second phase of the Rural Electrification Program in Lao PDR.

World Bank's rural electrification programs have provided power to about 150,000 households since 1987, equivalent to 20 percent of all households electrified. The overall goal of the program is to assist the Government of Lao PDR to reach its target of providing electricity to 90% of the population by 2020.

Monique Barbut, CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility said: Rural electrification benefits both environment and people - particularly off-grid electrification methods such as remote home solar systems, biomass energy and small scale hydropower reduce health risks associated with polluting fuels and help those who rely on the land to live not to simply survive but thrive".

Read more: GEF and World Bank approve grant to provide electricity to rural villagers in Lao PDR

SLRS installed in floating Cambodian villages

On Feb 6, 2011, Sunlabob and the Cambodian Renewable Development Team (CRDT) installed two Solar Lantern Rental Systems (SLRS) in the floating villages of Anlang Ta Ur and Kompong Prohot on Tonlesap Lake. This was the team’s second visit to the area; the first being an assessment visit of the site in Nov, 2010.

While installing the SLRS, Sunlabob and CRDT provided training to the Village Technician (who will run the business of renting out the lanterns) and the newly created Village Energy Committee (who will oversee the business) in each village. Input from the village leaders and from villagers themselves helped shape how the SLRS would operate. The villagers were eager to start using the lanterns straight after the lanterns were introduced to them in a meeting. One woman even jokingly tried to walk off with one lantern.

Read more: SLRS installed in floating Cambodian villages

Phase 1 of LXML/MMG Sepon water project underway

In Dec, 2010, Sunlabob commenced the implementation and installation of solar water pumps and distribution systems in Savannakhet province, where 12 villages will be supplied with individual water supply systems.

Sunlabob had earlier in Nov 2010 signed an agreement with MMG to provide clean water solutions and community development to villages that form the community around the Sepon Mine. In general the water resources for these villages are poor; suffering from scarcities and/or quality concerns in the dry season, silting in the wet season and/or being located too far away from the villagers to be collected by hand.

Read more: Phase 1 of LXML/MMG Sepon water project underway

Sunlabob at the SEA Corporate Leaders Initiative on Climate Change roundtable

On Feb 24, 2011, Sunlabob Director Andy Schroeter, and Simon Henschel, Managing Director of Sunlabob International attended the SEA Corporate Leaders Initiative on Climate Change roundtable, held in Singapore.

At the meeting, supported by the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, the British Government and The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change (CLG), business leaders from Southeast Asia’s leading companies shared their opinions on policies for tackling climate change.

Andy kick-started the session by speaking about issues encountered by the energy industry, the role of businesses in the transition to a climate-resilient economy and how Sunlabob addresses energy needs in an environmentally responsible manner

The roundtable meeting propels Southeast Asian business leaders to the forefront of climate change debate, and fosters ideas for a sustainable and responsible future for Southeast Asia.

Sunlabob completes construction of sanitation plant at NAFC

On 11 Feb 2011, Sunlabob in corporation with the Lao Institute of Renewable Energy and Bremen Overseas Research and Development Association (LIRE-BORDA) completed the construction of the Decentralised Wastewater Treatment System (DEWATS), a sustainable sanitation plant, at the newly built dormitory at the Northern Agriculture and Forestry College (NAFC) in Luang Prabang.

As soon as other components of the dormitory are finished, the plant will be in operation and treat wastewater for over 200 staff and students in the campus.

Read more: Sunlabob completes construction of sanitation plant at NAFC

Multimedia interns wanted!

Are you creative, motivated and have good designing skills? If you’ve answered yes to all of the above, why not join the Sunlabob team? Sunlabob offers a dynamic and multicultural Lao and foreign working environment, and gives you plenty of opportunities to learn about renewable energy in Laos.

For more information, please read the placement opportunity.

Come work with Sunlabob!

Sunlabob is offering internship and volunteering opportunities to qualified/aspiring electrical engineers. We accept applicants from all over the world, and offer a unique opportunity to engineers who would like to learn more about the renewable energy field.

For more information, please read the placement opportunity.

Sunlabob featured in Sun and Wind Energy Magazine

In Feb 2011, Sun and Wind Energy magazine published an article about solar businesses that embrace less-developed regions. The article was mainly about the photovoltaic industry finding new opportunities in Asia, and featured Sunlabob and its innovative solar rental services in Laos.

For more information, please read the article.

Sunlabob completes energy efficiency implementation at SDC

On 31 Jan 2011, Sunlabob installed energy saving signages at the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation's (SDC) office in Vientiane, Laos, completing a series of energy efficiency implementations that had started last year.

Prior to the implementations, Sunlabob conducted an energy audit of the SDC office and concluded that the three-story building had an energy saving opportunity of up to 45% of the current consumption.

One of the large consumers of electricity was the air conditioning. This was attended by initiatives such as sealing the rooms with door rubber rulers and hydraulic door closers to avoid having the heat coming into each room, as well as installing insulation tiles in the roof where one fourth of the heat is gained in the hot season.

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Sunlabob brings light to floating villages in Cambodia

On Nov 24, 2010, Sunlabob, with the assistance of the Cambodian Renewable Development Team (CRDT) and accompanied by the Ministry of Environment, conducted a site assessment at Kompong Prohot and Anlong Ta Ur, two floating villages in Battambong Province, Cambodia. The project, known as the Green Growth Flag, is a major part of the regional capacity building programme for development and application of green growth policy tools, developed by UNESCAP with funding support from KOICA. The site assessment is part of the preliminary stage of a pilot project which aims to identify how best to develop a sustainable village enterprise for implementing Sunlabob’s award winning Solar Lantern Rental System (SLRS).

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Sunlabob installs solar water pumps at Northern Agriculture and Forestry College

In Dec 2010, Sunlabob installed solar water pumps at the Northern Agriculture and Forestry College in Luang Prabang, Northern Laos.

Drawing water from natural sources, such as the nearby Nam Xueang river and the Nong Samka lake , the pumps serve two purposes. Firstly, they are used for agricultural activities in which they deliver a constant source of water for livestock and crop irrigation etc. Secondly, they are used to supply water for domestic use to the staff and students in their living areas and dormitories.

Prior to this in July 2010, as part of the same project, Sunlabob had installed other renewable energy systems, such as water purification systems, at the college.

Read more: Sunlabob installs solar water pumps at Northern Agriculture and Forestry College