Solar energy systems to electrify schools in Africa
- Published on Monday, 18 June 2012
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.
The contract also requires Sunlabob to conduct maintenance on the energy systems for a period of 5 years.
In the same month, Sunlabob signed a purchase order with the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the DR Congo (UN MONUSCO) to supply solar power equipment to Kinshasa, the second largest city in Africa.
Sunlabob is no stranger to Africa.
Its first African project was in 2008 when it launched a south-south business initiative with Ugandan company TSSD to bring solar powered charging stations to remote Ugandan villages. The franchise came about thanks to a prize won at the World Bank Group's Lighting Africa Development Marketplace in 2008.
International organisations are confident in entrusting rural electrification projects to Sunlabob as the company has more than 10 years of experience designing and implementing renewable energy solutions in developing countries around the world.