News 2012

Partnership with Korea Green Foundation brings solar lanterns to Lao village

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Sunlabob teams with Korea Green Foundation and Lao Institute for Renewable Energy to deliver self-sustaining Solar Lantern Rental System to remote Laos

Partnering with the Korea Green Foundation and the Lao Institute for Renewable Energy (LIRE), Sunlabob recently completed the installation of a Solar Lantern Rental System (SLRS) in Ban Thongkatai, a remote village of 15 households in the Salavan Province of southern Laos. The community is not connected to the national electric grid meaning that most of the 120 villagers previously relied on burning wood as their primary source of lighting. The 12-lantern rental system will provide an affordable, reliable, healthy and convenient alternative to collecting and burning firewood.

Read more: Partnership with Korea Green Foundation brings solar lanterns to Lao village

Opinion: Addressing the Water-Energy-Poverty Nexus

Much of today’s conversation addressing the increasingly important connection between water and energy is often focused on solutions applicable to urban centers and developed nations. Yes, smart water grids will be important. Yes, implementing public policies encouraging energy and water conservation can play a key role.

But what about in the developing world, when the energy-water nexus debate isn’t about reducing demand – but instead about enabling supply?

It is well known that more than 1.2 billion people in today’s world still live without access to electricity. And most people wouldn’t be surprised to hear that nearly 800 million people don’t have access to a clean water source. But how often do we connect these two facts to realize that the vast majority of people living without electricity also are the same people struggling to survive without a regular supply of clean water? Unfortunately a lack of access to electricity and clean water is only a part of the problem. Also absent for these hundreds of millions of people oftentimes is the opportunity for economic improvement. Nearly two-thirds of people who lack safe drinking water live on less than $2 a day. Call it the water-energy-poverty nexus.

Read more: Opinion: Addressing the Water-Energy-Poverty Nexus

Sunlabob expands Pacific Islands presence with 3500 solar lanterns and membership to SEIAPI

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To complement its existing projects and partnerships in the Pacific Islands, Sunlabob recently accepted membership to the Sustainable Energy Industry Association of the Pacific Islands (SEIAPI), the industry body focused on scaling up awareness, research and adoption of renewable energy in the region.

Sunlabob is currently working with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) to supply 3500 solar-powered lanterns and 70 lantern charging stations in Micronesia. The solar charging stations, which were designed by Sunlabob’s engineers, will be used in schools and community centers throughout multiple Micronesian villages to provide lighting for better education opportunities, community building activities and economic development.

Read more: Sunlabob expands Pacific Islands presence with 3500 solar lanterns and membership to SEIAPI

Sunlabob CEO shares insight about supporting “inclusive business” in developing regions

United Nations forum in South Korea discusses the critical role of business in global development and poverty reduction

Andy Schroeter, co-founder and CEO of Sunlabob Renewable Energy, this week presented at the United Nations Development Programme and The Global Compact’s “Workshop on Inclusive Business Development” in Seoul, South Korea to discuss the best strategies for catalyzing the growth of “inclusive businesses” – commercially-viable business models that benefit low-income communities by including them in a company’s value chain.

Schroeter, an experienced entrepreneur specializing in creating models for village energy enterprises, spoke about the lessons learned in rural electrification since Sunlabob’s founding in 2001, as well as best practices and mechanisms for supporting the inclusive business ecosystem in Korea and internationally.

“With the rise of innovative entrepreneurs throughout the developing world, now is the time to increase pro-poor public-private partnerships,” said Schroeter. “Combining the skills and experience of the private sector with the resources of the public sector is a critical step in supporting and accelerating sustainable development.”

Read more: Sunlabob CEO shares insight about supporting “inclusive business” in developing regions

Sunlabob enables energy access in Marshall Islands with 1500 Solar Home Systems

Sunlabob partners with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community to deliver solar energy to 1500 households

Sunlabob recently completed a project in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community to provide solar-powered electricity to 1,500 households in outer atolls of the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

Sunlabob supplied and delivered the solar technology, as well as provided community-level training and manuals for the 1,500 Solar Home Systems (SHS), enabling reliable, clean energy access to several remote islands. The project was an integral piece to the Secretariat of the Pacific Community’s Outer Islands Electrification Programme, an initiative designed to reduce high reliance of imported fossil fuels for electricity generation. In recent years, with the rise of global oil prices, the Marshall Islands government has spent up to 20 percent of the national budget on fuel, creating an urgency to increase renewable sources of energy.

Read more: Sunlabob enables energy access in Marshall Islands with 1500 Solar Home Systems

Sunlabob expands renewable energy footprint in Laos

Sunlabob partners with Fondation Energies pour le Monde to deliver electricity to 82 remote households outside Luang Prabang

Sunlabob recently launched a project funded by Fondation Energies pour le Monde to provide access to electricity to 82 households in a remote village in Luang Prabang province with narrow job opportunities, very limited education and health services and little to no outlook to receive electricity from the national grid.

Sunlabob is supplying, designing, installing and providing community training for a 6.5 kWp solar-powered village mini-grid with emergency diesel generator to enable reliable energy access to Ban Houaypha, a remote village of Phonxay district.

Read more: Sunlabob expands renewable energy footprint in Laos

Sunlabob deepens Africa footprint with completion of off-grid solar projects in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Mozambique

Partnering with UNIDO, Sunlabob employs solar PV systems to enable development of entrepreneurship, agriculture and communications capabilities in rural areas.

After being awarded three contracts in early 2012 by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) for turn-key solar power projects in off-grid communities in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Mozambique, Sunlabob has concluded the equipment installation process and hands-on training with local community members. The ten projects in total are enabling a reliable electricity supply for a variety of uses, ranging from agricultural entrepreneurship to more robust internet and radio communications.

“The wide-ranging benefits of reliable, clean energy in these off-grid communities are undeniable,” said Andy Schroeter, founder and CEO, Sunlabob. “Rural electrification is opening new doors to improved local economies, better healthcare and greater education opportunities, largely in thanks to UNIDO and other public-private partnerships of this nature.”

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Sunlabob CEO to engage in Asian Development Bank dialogue about creating thriving ecosystem for inclusive businesses and impact investors

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Andy Schroeter, co-founder and CEO of Sunlabob Renewable Energy, will participate in the Asian Development Bank’s “Investing in Inclusive Business in Asia” Regional Forum to discuss the best path for creating a thriving ecosystem that unites innovative entrepreneurs and businesses with impact investors from the private sector. He will join 150 other experts in Manila, Philippines on 28-29 November including others leaders from the private sector, fund managers and other impact investors, thought leaders from academia and civil society, as well as representatives of the international development community.

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Sunlabob hires engineering and communication leaders

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Sunlabob recently announced the hiring of two department leaders, signaling the company’s continued growth. Antony Watkins will be the Head of Engineering and Evan Scandling will act as Head of Communications.

“The level of industry expertise and amount of international experience that Antony and Evan bring to the table are a strong demonstration of Sunlabob’s upward trajectory as a premier provider of renewable energy and clean water solutions in developing areas of the world,” said Andy Schroeter, Sunlabob founder and CEO.

Watkins, who specializes in renewable energy and earth sciences, was most recently a researcher for the Challenge Grant on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) focused on the water-energy nexus of the Mekong River region. Previously, he implemented an energy management program that included renewable energies and grid-tied solar power for large medical facilities in the United States. Watkins has also worked as a senior engineer in the oil and gas exploration industry in Central and South America and Africa. His education includes four post-graduate degrees focusing on applied physics and engineering, sustainable development, eco-technologies, earth sciences and business studies.

Read more: Sunlabob hires engineering and communication leaders

Sunlabob energy efficiency expertise proving valuable throughout Southeast Asia

Sunlabob’s recent in-depth energy audit at the Champasak Grand Hotel in Pakse, Laos – which identified energy usage reductions of 30% – demonstrated the increasing significance of energy efficiency services in developing regions of Asia.

Sunlabob’s evaluation of the 12-storey, 225-room hotel’s electricity and water use determined that through a combination of operational adjustments and efficient technologies, more than $126,000 USD could be saved in utility payments every year. Further, the financial analysis determined that a payback period for the updated technologies and new programs would be less than 10 months. Even greater energy and cost savings are anticipated as recently-announced national electricity tariffs in Laos continue to increase on a regular basis.

“Awareness of energy efficiency is still in its early stages, but business owners and facility managers in Laos and throughout the Southeast Asia region are quickly realizing the cost-saving benefits of new practices and efficient technologies,” said Andy Schroeter, co-founder and CEO of Sunlabob.

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Sunlabob founder recognized as ENERGY GLOBE Ambassador

Andy Schroeter, founder and CEO of Sunlabob, has been selected as the ‘ENERGY GLOBE Ambassador’ for Laos, joining representatives from more than 100 nations around the world to promote environmental sustainability and catalyze the development of projects protecting the environment or employing renewable energy.

“It is an honor to be recognized alongside so many innovative thinkers and ambitious leaders that are working to advance clean energy and sustainability in every corner of the globe,” said Mr. Schroeter. “The socially-minded, business-driven entrepreneurship of Sunlabob and these many other Ambassadors are the driving force for sustainable economic development and meeting the world’s social and environmental challenges."

The ENERGY GLOBE Foundation is an international non-profit that is best known for its annual ENERGY GLOBE Awards that recognize the best projects from around the world that focus on energy efficiency, renewable energy and environmental conservation. Since its founding in 1999, more than 6,000 projects from more than 100 countries have been nominated.

Sunlabob won National ENERGY GLOBE Award for Laos in June 2012, specifically for its work in bringing clean energy and electricity to rural areas of the country to enable access to increased economic opportunities, better health services and improved avenues of education. The win was Sunlabob’s fourth National ENERGY GLOBE Award since first being recognized in 2008.

Sunlabob makes first venture into India with solar-powered water purification installation

Acting as technology consultant and provider, Sunlabob collaborates with India-based partners to enable fresh drinking water in New Delhi public school.

Sunlabob, a Laos-based company specializing in renewable energy and clean water projects in developing areas of the world, recently concluded its first project in India through the installation of a solar-powered water purification system at a public school in Surajmal Vihar, an underprivileged suburb of East New Delhi. In collaboration with the New Delhi government and two India-based partners – local non-profit Social Awareness Newer Alternatives (SANA), and project developer Green & Blue Renewable Energy – Sunlabob provided the technology and training to enable the daily production of 5000 liters of clean drinking water for the 800 students and faculty of the Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya (RPVV) school.

Read more: Sunlabob makes first venture into India with solar-powered water purification installation

Sunlabob attends largest solar exhibition in the world

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Sunlabob CEO Andy Schroeter, Head of Project Management Meera Ajmera and Head of Sales Andrea Buetler recently headed to Munich, Germany to attend Intersolar Europe, the largest solar exhibition and conference in the world, held from June 13-15 2012.

They joined approximately 70,000 visitors and 2,000 exhibitors from all over the world to experience three days of innovation, vision and insightful lectures.

Sunlabob CEO Andy Schroeter had the honour of being invited by The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) to give a presentation at the event and thus shared his expert opinion about rural electrification potential in South East Asia.

Read more: Sunlabob attends largest solar exhibition in the world

Lao hospitals to profit from hygiene project between Sunlabob and Ministry of Health

Public health services in Laos are, despite years of development aid, still below international standards. Investments in public sectors are low and limited resources from the government make improvements slow.

Sunlabob, together with Technologie Transfer Marburg (TTM), installed several autoclaves in four remote provinces of Laos (Luang Prabang, Oudomxay, Champasack and Savannakhet) and three at the largest hospitals located in the capital, Vientiane.

Read more: Lao hospitals to profit from hygiene project between Sunlabob and Ministry of Health

Continued success in energy audits: One of Lao’s largest salt factories is becoming more efficient in energy consumption

In June 2012, a Sunlabob team conducted an energy-audit aiming to analyze the main energy consumption of Veunkham Salt Co., one of the biggest salt producers in Laos and member of the Lao Salts Producer Group.

In order to identify potential energy savings, the energy audit team focused on the salt fabrication facility, electrical equipment and operation staff behaviors.

The main devices of interest were all those that consume the most energy.

Especially the coal and sawdust fueled salt boilers that currently work very inefficient were eye-catching to the team of engineers.

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Sunlabob shares best practices at The Asia Clean Energy Forum

Sunlabob COO Simon Henschel recently attended The Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF) 2012, themed “Accelerating Low-Carbon Energy For All,” held in Manila, the Philippines from 6-8 June.

The 7th ACEF hosted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), provided an excellent opportunity for clean energy stakeholders to discuss about energy access, technology, finance and policy related issues.

Over 800 participants from 55 countries, representing governments, financial institutions, civil society, academia, international organizations and the private sector gathered in plenaries, parallel sessions, and side events.

Read more: Sunlabob shares best practices at The Asia Clean Energy Forum

Sunlabob installs fridge systems in remote Laos

Sunlabob has once again been awarded a national tender for rural Laos, this time for an Asian Development Bank (ADB) funded project to improve access to basic health services for people and animals in remote areas in Laos; the project is managed by the Ministry of Agriculture and locally by the Ministry of Health.

Powered by photovoltaic systems, each of the 44 vaccine systems comprises a high European quality refrigerator/freezer. Sunlabob Engineering has implemented complete installation works in 5 Southern Laos provinces: Savannakhet, Champasak, Salavan, Sekong and Attapeu, namely.

Read more: Sunlabob installs fridge systems in remote Laos

Sunlabob to venture into Ethiopia

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On June 18, Sunlabob's CEO Andy Schroeter signed an agreement with Addis Ababa based DAMA TRADE to partner for the Ethiopian rural and on-grid renewable energy market. DAMA TRADE is Ethiopia's leading industrial solutions partner for building integrated electrical appliances. Through the new partnership, both companies expect to build a bridge of collaboration between Asian rural electrification experiences and East African local knowledge.

The collaboration is expected to set a new standard in East African renewable energy supply of qualitative renewable energy systems and adequate operational models to cater for rural and urban applications. Technological advancement goes in hand with unparalleled local knowledge of a strong partner.

Read more: Sunlabob to venture into Ethiopia

Sunlabob joins fellow global leaders at the World Economic Forum on East Asia

From May 28 - June 1, Sunlabob’s Chief Operating Officer Simon Henschel participated in the World Economic Forum on East Asia in Bangkok, Thailand.

The 21st East Asia gathering brought together over 500 key decision-makers from government, industry, civil society and academia, and had an emphasis on ASEAN regional economic development as well as the following industry sectors: travel & tourism, energy, infrastructure & transportation, financial services, agriculture, and mobile health.

Read more: Sunlabob joins fellow global leaders at the World Economic Forum on East Asia

Sunlabob participates in SIFE Thailand project auditing

In June, Sunlabob's Chief Operating Officer Simon Henschel was invited to assist in a business competition organised by Student In Free Enterprise (SIFE) Thailand and conduct audits on socially responsible business projects.

SIFE, headquartered in the United States of America, is an international non-profit organization that works with leaders in business and higher education to mobilize university students to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible individuals.

Read more: Sunlabob participates in SIFE Thailand project auditing

Innovative Rural Electrification Approaches in ASEAN at the ACE Workshop

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On May 30, Sunlabob’s Head of Sales Andrea Buetler, together with Hydro Engineer Prabin Khanal, Sunlabob hydro engineer and consultant to Lao Institute for Renewable Energy's hydro projects, were participants at a workshop titled “Innovative Rural Electrification Approaches in the ASEAN”. The Renewable Energy Support Programme for ASEAN (ASEAN-RESP), a joint implementation project between the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE) and Deutsche Gesellschaft Für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), conducted the workshop in Bali, Indonesia. Regional and international stakeholders joined Sunlabob and LIRE representatives in identifying successful and sustainable business- and technical solutions for electrification programs serving the rural and remote areas in ASEAN. Best practices promoting sustainability and long-term feasibility, such as the Sunlabob’s worldwide-accredited community commercialization models, was the main focus of the workshop. Andrea Buetler shared the Solar Lantern Rental Model as a keynote speaker, followed by best practice experience and a vivid discussion about experiences in South East Asia and globally with similar technologies and their inclusion into viable community approaches.

Read more: Innovative Rural Electrification Approaches in ASEAN at the ACE Workshop

Energy Efficiency: the forward-looking response to climate change

On May 17, an energy awareness event, organised by Sunlabob and German development agency Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ), was held at the Settha Palace Hotel in Vientiane, Laos with the participation of over 50 senior representatives and decision-makers from the Lao government, private sector and international community.

Key speakers included the Minister of Energy and Mines, H.E. Soulivong Daravong, as well as the Chargé d’affaires a.i. of the Delegation of the European Union to Laos, Mr. Michel Goffin.

Read more: Energy Efficiency: the forward-looking response to climate change

Solar energy systems to electrify schools in Africa

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On May 28, Sunlabob signed a World Bank funded contract to supply and install solar photovoltaic energy systems to Uganda.

The project, managed by Uganda's Ministry of Education and Sports, will see Sunlabob supplying five different standalone photovoltaic energy systems, ranging from 100 to 660 watts, for post-primary education institutions in off-grid areas spanning across 18 districts.

Implementation of the project has already begun and Sunlabob is working with a local partner to ensure that the systems are well delivered, installed, commissioned and maintained.

Read more: Solar energy systems to electrify schools in Africa

Sunlabob ventures into Myanmar

In Northern Myanmar and in many areas of the developing world, rural communities use kerosene, and/or diesel generators for electricity and lighting. Unfortunately, fuel-powered light is dangerous, polluting, expensive and dim. Pollution from kerosene lamps causes respiratory problems and deaths from accidental fire are far too common. Diesel generators also produce fumes that are toxic. Moreover, they require regular maintenance and have a short lifespan.

Sunlabob is currently working with a Burmese partner to provide solar powered electricity as well as safe drinking water to rural Burmese communities.

Read more: Sunlabob ventures into Myanmar

Centralised Solar Hybrid System best option for Cambodian villages

On April 24 and 25, Sunlabob, on behalf of Investing in Children and their Societies (ICS), formerly known as International Child Support, conducted a pre-feasibility study at Pou Tmey and Prasat Labouk villages in Cambodia to investigate the possibility of installing a centralised solar PV hybrid system to power the electricity needs of the two villages.

Presently the villages have no electrical infrastructure and use batteries to power small appliances like lighting, televisions and DVD players. Rice mills are run by generators and water is obtained from boreholes using hand pumps.

Read more: Centralised Solar Hybrid System best option for Cambodian villages

Sunlabob makes the finals of the prestigious Sankalp Awards

Sunlabob is proud to be selected as one of 5 finalists in the South East Asia category of the 2012 Sankalp Awards, the largest Social Enterprise Awards in India. Over 1000 people attended the summit and key themes across panels, workshops and round table discussions included job creation, re-imagining the current model of capitalism, and aid effectiveness.

The awards were held during the annual Sankalp Summit, the largest collaborative platform to bring together social enterprises, policy makers, academicians, investors and market players in India and South East Asia.

Read more: Sunlabob makes the finals of the prestigious Sankalp Awards

Sunlabob wins second national tender contract in four months

Sunlabob has once again won a national tender, this time for an Asian Development Bank (ADB) funded project, managed locally by the Ministry of Health, to supply and install solar fridge and freezer systems in several southern Lao provinces.

This installation will allow health posts located in 22 villages to store vaccines and keep medical supplies sterile, thus improving national health standards.

This is the second time in the past four months that Sunlabob wins a national tender for an ADB funded contract. In December 2011, Sunlabob installed electrical supply material at Champasak University in Southern Laos for another ADB project.

Read more: Sunlabob wins second national tender contract in four months

Sunlabob signs The Declaration of Rio+20 at the first International Convention of Environmental Laureates

On Mar 8 – 11, Sunlabob Director Andy Schroeter participated in the first International Convention of Environmental Laureates held in the Green City of Freiburg, Germany.

Organised by the European Environment Foundation, the convention gathered 65 environmental prize winners from 37 countries. Andy, winner of numerous international awards including the Ashden Award for sustainable energy, was honoured to have been the only invitee from a Lao organisation.

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Urgently Seeking HR Manager

Sunlabob is seeking a qualified, dynamic individual to join its Human Resources department. His/her primary responsibility is to align and execute the HR strategy to influence business success. The successful candidate will work closely with management on the development and implementation of company policies and procedures, talent development, performance and compensation management, and other employee relation matters.

For more information, please read the placement opportunity.

More Mozambicans now have access to communications systems

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Sunlabob has won yet another United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) contract in Mozambique, this time to supply and install photovoltaic generators to complete a hybrid power station.

Using renewable energy, the hybrid power station will supply power to a radio transmitting station and telecentre, improving communication systems in the district. In addition, the communities will have access to modern communication technology, such as the internet, thus raising literacy levels.

Implemented by United Nations (UN) partners and the Ministry of Energy, the purpose of the project is to help rural communities in Chicualacuala district, located 500 kms northwest of Maputo (capital of Mozambique), adapt to climate change and diversify their livelihoods.

The project also has a training component for local members, majority of which are women.

Read more: More Mozambicans now have access to communications systems

New website launched!

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Sunlabob is pleased to announce the launch of its brand new website.

The newly redesigned website features expanded content, bold colors, a clean uncluttered design and completely new navigational tools.

In its efforts to make the website more user friendly, Sunlabob has introduced large icons on the homepage so as to allow users to access key online content areas easily.

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Sunlabob featured alongside fellow global social innovators in prominent directory

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Sunlabob Director Andy Schroeter has been featured in a social entrepreneurs directory published by the Schwab Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation founded with the purpose of advancing social entrepreneurship and to foster social entrepreneurs as an important catalyst for societal innovation and progress.

In 2010, Mr Schroeter was awarded with the Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the year award (Asia region) at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2010, held in Tianjin, People’s Republic of China. The World Economic Forum is an independent international organisation committed to improving the state of the world by engaging leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

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Sunlabob is only Lao company to win international CSR award

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Sunlabob has won yet another international award, this time for its exceptional Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives. The company holds the honour of being the only one from Laos to be presented with a Best Practice in CSR award at the Blue Dart World CSR Day held on February 18 at Taj Lands End, Mumbai.

The objectives of World CSR Day are to unite for a common cause - Making the world come together to observe this day as a World CSR Day each year and to spread the message of Sustainable CSR, that makes a difference to the community at large. The CSR awards attempt to recognise the Best practices in Corporate & Social Responsibility. The awards merit recognition to contributions made by an organisation which has made a difference to the people and the community.

Read more: Sunlabob is only Lao company to win international CSR award

Solar Lanterns featured in UNESCO publication on innovative technologies benefiting developing countries

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Selling Hours of Solar Lighting in the Evening is the title of a paper on Sunlabob’s Solar Lanterns Rental System recently featured in a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) publication. The publication, which shows how innovative appropriate technologies can benefit emerging and developing countries, is a reflection of the outcomes from the first International Scientific Conference organized by the UNESCO Chair Technologies for Development at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in 2010, which focused on four priority sectors: Technologies for Sustainable Development of Habitat and Cities, ICTs for the Environment, Science and Technology for Disaster Risk Reduction, and Technologies for the Production of Sustainable Energy.

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Join our team as Senior Electrical Engineer

Sunlabob is currently seeking to recruit a senior electrical engineer for its commercial engineering department. The ideal candidate should possess a degree or diploma in electrical engineering and have at least 5 years experience in an Electrical Engineering or Renewable Energy Role. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone who would like to enhance his/her engineering career by working on international renewable energy projects with one of Asia’s finest renewable energy companies. The right candidate will receive competitive remuneration, the chance to work with an elite group of professionals and the personal satisfaction of helping improve the world’s environment.

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African hat-trick for Sunlabob

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February was an exciting month for Sunlabob as it took the African market by storm by winning 3 United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) contracts in Sierra Leone, Mozambique and Liberia.

For Sierra Leone, Sunlabob was contracted to supply and install 3 Solar Power Plant Systems (20 KW and 16 KW) to provide electricity supply to Industrial Growth Centres that have been established to promote agric-entrepreneurship development for rural youth, men and women.

Over in Mozambique, Sunlabob is to supply and provide related services for 4 Solar Power Plant Systems (8KW, 6KW and 3KW), communications and computer equipment for remote border posts so as to improve the efficiency of customs operations.

Read more: African hat-trick for Sunlabob

Corporate Social Responsibility Intern Wanted

Sunlabob is currently seeking a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) intern to assist with its corporate social responsibility initiatives. As a CSR Intern, your tasks will include conducting research on corporate sustainability standards, frameworks, and guidelines, developing a corporate sustainability strategy for Sunlabob and developing an action plan for the implementation of Sunlabob’s corporate sustainability strategy. You will scan the market to look at key players, and analyse competitors through engagement with our competitive matrix. The internship offers a learning opportunity in a multinational team for anyone who is interested in CSR activities as well as in dealing with local and international companies.

For more information, please read the job placement.

The MMG Sepon water project: A successful private-private partnership development initiative

In Oct 2011, Sunlabob successfully completed the installation and implementation of clean water solutions and community development to villages in Savannakhet Province, Laos, as part of a water project developed by MMG Sepon.

In 2010, MMG Sepon undertook detailed research of community development needs based on results of regular household survey work. The research identified 12 villages in the priority development area requiring community development support, and better water quality and sanitation as a priority need. The water resources for these villages were 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: The MMG Sepon water project: A successful private-private partnership development initiative

UNDP features Sunlabob’s Solar Lantern Rental System as good practice in Asia-Pacific Region

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800 million people in the Asia-Pacific region do not have access to electricity and almost 2 billion rely on the traditional use of biomass for cooking.

While some countries are nearly 100% electrified, others, including Laos, face economic, geographic and demographic obstacles to electrification. The poor often do not generate cash surpluses, limiting their purchasing power and opportunities to shift to modern energy services. As a result, they have to spend more of their income and time locating and obtaining energy.

Between 2009 and 2011, the United Nations Development Programme Asia-Pacific Regional Centre (UNDP APRC) reviewed 17 energy access programmes and projects in the region implemented by various development agencies and the private sector, as part of its work with country partners to address energy poverty issues.

Read more: UNDP features Sunlabob’s Solar Lantern Rental System as good practice in Asia-Pacific Region

Save energy and save the Mekong River

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With its source in Tibet, the Mekong River runs through six Southeast Asian countries - China, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. The Mekong River, already heavily dammed, is under a severe threat as the governments of several South East Asian countries are planning to build big hydropower dams on its lower mainstream.

Edward Allen, the Technical Programme Coordinator at the Lao Institute of Renewable Energy (LIRE) and Technical Advisor at Sunlabob, recently had an article about how saving energy in turn leads to pulling the Mekong River from the many challenges it faces, published in the Bangkok Post.

Read more: Save energy and save the Mekong River

Sunlabob launches largest-ever solar project in Cambodia

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From Nov till Dec 2011, Sunlabob, in collaboration with a local partner in Cambodia, successfully supplied and installed 3900 Solar Home Systems to 28 villages across Cambodia.

The project, to install 12,000 Solar Home Systems across more than 400 villages in Cambodia by 2012, is Cambodia’s biggest solar power initiative to date and the result of a World Bank financed contract that Sunlabob had won in Mar 2011.

Read more: Sunlabob launches largest-ever solar project in Cambodia

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Seeking PR Manager

Are you a specialist in communications / public relations and do you have an interest in energy efficient activities?
If your answer is yes, we want you! Sunlabob is seeking a communications / PR Manager to manage its vibrant communications and Public Relations programmes and activities. We accept applicants from all over the world, and offer a unique opportunity to learn more about Laos and the renewable energy field.

For more information, please read the placement opportunity (PDF).

Solar Water Pump to supply water for health post in southern Laos

In Nov 2011, Sunlabob installed a Solar Water Pump System for a district health post in M.Samakisai, Attapeu province. The water pump is extremely versatile, being able to pump water from as deep as 50 metres into the borehole, and being able to pump 3000 litres of water per day.

The purpose of the project, funded by The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), is to provide a constant supply of water to the health post, where it is used mainly for cleaning health equipment.

Read more: Solar Water Pump to supply water for health post in southern Laos

Sunlabob ends 2011 on a high with yet another contract won

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In Dec 2011, Sunlabob won a national tender for an Asian Development Bank (ADB) funded contract, handled locally by the Ministry of Education and Sports, Department of Higher Education, to supply and install electrical supply material at Champasak University in Southern Laos.

This installation will allow the university to generate more electricity to power equipment and lighting to accommodate its growing number of staff and students.

This is not the first time Sunlabob has been contracted to provide services for an ADB related project.

Read more: Sunlabob ends 2011 on a high with yet another contract won