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Rural Lao school receives solar water pumping system and training


Second phase of multi-year partnership with Korean NGO enables access to water

Sunlabob recently completed the installation and training for a solar-powered water pumping system at a rural school outside of Vang Vieng and Vientiane Province, Laos.

The solar pump system will provide improved access to water for the school, as well as a reliable supply to the school’s garden.

This project is the second phase of a multi-year partnership with the Energy and Climate Policy Institute for Just Transition (ECPI Korea), a civil society organization from Korea. The first phase, the installation of three solar photovoltaic (PV) systems at two schools in Xayaboury Province, was completed in November 2014.

Each phase of the partnership between ECPI and Sunlabob includes technical training for the school students and teachers to improve their understanding of renewable energy and encourage self-sustaining operations and maintenance of the solar and water systems.

Sunlabob provided the material supply, system design, installation and commissioning as well as management of the end-user training.

Andy Schroeter, Sunlabob CEO, said at the commencement of the partnership: “Sunlabob is thrilled to be working with a partner like ECPI that fully understands the importance of capacity-building of renewable energy skills.”

“Technology is only one part of the equation. End-users, such as these students and teachers, also must be provided with the necessary knowledge and training to manage and maintain the technology for the long-term,” added Schroeter.

As part of its mission to “expand renewable energy and a just transition as an alternative to climate change and energy crisis,” ECPI has supported secondary schools throughout Laos since 2009.

The current program, instigated in 2014 by ECPI will continue through 2016, providing more opportunity for further solar power installation and training.