News 2012

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


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.

These projects were documented as case studies and the case study on Sunlabob’s Solar Lanterns Rental System documents the experience of a private company implementing rechargeable solar lanterns solutions to off-grid households in rural Laos as an alternative to the use of diesel. The case study identifies key characteristics that have helped poor households and communities gain access to modern energy services, and to derive valuable lessons for future energy access activities.

To view or download the case study, please click here.