Who we are
Sunlabob Renewable Energy is a Laos-based company specializing in renewable energy and clean water solutions throughout the developing world. Experts in rural, remote areas, Sunlabob offers a wide range of products and services that achieve one common goal: to enable long-term access to clean energy and water.
We focus on solutions that are sustainable – technically, economically, socially and environmentally.
Established in 2001, the company has expanded far beyond its initial focus in Laos, now providing its integrated expertise of rural electrification to governments, multilateral development agencies, multinational companies, NGOs and private individuals throughout Southeast Asia, India, Africa and the Pacific.
Sunlabob Renewable Energy Ltd. (Laos)
Andy Schroeter - Co-Founder and Managing Director
Andy Schroeter, a German national, founder/Director/shareholder of Sunlabob Renewable Energy Co. Ltd., is a successful German entrepreneur, who has over 25 years of technical experience in renewable energy, infrastructure and operational logistics. During his 20 years of experience as company designer and manager, he has implemented numeral visions of technical and design concepts that many have never thought possible. Andy is a professional in project and company design, management, technical design as well as practical implementation of renewable energy conceptions, financial management and rural development. His work in Laos with Sunlabob Renewable Energy Co. Ltd. has had a significant effect on rural and country-wide infrastructural development.
His projects in the field of renewable energy have been recognized and awarded by the Development Marketplace of the World Bank in 2005, the German Solar Award 2005 and BBC World Challenge in 2006, awarded by the Ashden Award in 2007 and the African Lighting Award organized by the World Bank. In 2010, he won the Asian Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Asian Region) by the Schwab Foundation.
Saleumphone Vongsakhamphoui - Co-Founder and Managing Director
Saleumphone Vongsakhampoui is a Lao national with a background in participatory development and training. He has a degree in Business Administration from Pakpasak Technical School. Saleumphone has vast experience in the local business environment, and thus is instrumental in the management of relationships with local partners. His expertise in the development of local businesses is also key to the company’s expansion in other Asian countries. Saleumphone is largely responsible for Sunlabob’s reputation as an innovative Lao company that achieves social objectives through a commercially sustainable approach.
Evan Scandling - Managing Director, Myanmar
Evan Scandling is Sunlabob's managing director in Myanmar, focusing on developing partnerships and new business opportunities related to renewable energy and rural electrification. He also is responsible for expanding recognition with international audiences including customers, partners, investors and media as Sunlabob continues its growth throughout Asia, Africa and the Pacific region.
Prior to Sunlabob, Scandling worked at a global communications consultancy advising corporations, governments and NGOs in the renewable energy and clean technologies sectors. Evan also co-launched a website focused on regional cleantech issues and acted as a regional co-chair of the Cleantech Open, a business accelerator for cleantech entrepreneurs. He has worked in North America, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.
Simon Henschel - Chief Operating Officer
Simon is a senior manager at Sunlabob with experience at the company’s offices in Vientiane and Singapore. In addition to his leadership role in operations, Simon supports the execution of strategic management decisions. During his time in Singapore, he helped to found Sunlabob’s international expansion strategy.
He is a Social Entrepreneur in Residence (SEiR) at INSEAD; an alumni member of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Executive Education Program The Art and Science of System Change; and INSEAD’s Social Entrepreneurship Programme; Global Institute for Tomorrow, Young Leaders Program; Founding Curator of the World Economic Forum's Global Shaper Community in Vientiane; and a Leadership Ambassador and Mentor at Wedu Global. Simon holds a Bsc in International Business Management from Southern New Hampshire University, USA; and a Msc in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management from The New School, USA.
Lloyd Osborne - Chief Financial Officer
Lloyd Osborne, a British national, joined Sunlabob in 2006 and is responsible for the company’s overall finance / treasury functions as well as being heavily involved in strategic management. He has brought Sunlabob’s accounting and management systems up to international standards and continues to work to complete Sunlabob’s transition into a fully commercial, profit driven company. Though originally educated in biology, specializing in tropical ecology, prior to joining Sunlabob Lloyd completed his ACA professional training whilst working for 3 years in audit and assurance, and business advisory for a leading international accountancy firm.
Meera Ajmera, Head of International Trade Division
Meera Ajmera started and leads the company's International Trade Division (ITD) since 2010, which is responsible for securing competitive contracts with international organizations such as the World Bank, United Nations and the EU Development Fund.
Meera has played a major role in growing ITD, expanding its activities internationally into Africa, Asia and the Pacific region. Prior to Sunlabob, Meera worked with a renewable energy company in Auroville.
Daophet Vongsakhamphoui - Head of Community Development
Daophet Vongsakhamphouoi, a Lao national, is Sunlabob’s community development expert and main link between Sunlabob and villagers in rural and remote areas. He is responsible for liaising with chiefs of villages in order to organise operations, manage community consultation meetings and facilitate training sessions for villagers. Daophet also organises and facilitates community consultation meetings to raise community awareness on aspects of Sunlabob operations. He maintains good relations with villagers and local parties and gets feedback on Sunlabob’s systems in order to improve them later. Daophet is also influential in seeking out and developing new opportunities for Sunlabob operations in rural villages.
What we do
In rural areas, Sunlabob has acquired unrivalled knowledge and experience of the local market and stakeholders while developing and researching energy solutions. These solutions mostly use solar and small-scale hydro power technologies, offering a clean, safe, and sustainable alternative to the consumption of kerosene or wood for lighting or other uses in rural households throughout the Lao PDR. In addition to environmental and health benefits, these interventions support the development of rural communities, as people can pursue an education and income-generating activities during the time previously occupied by conventional practices such as collecting firewood.
To combat the lack of awareness on energy efficiency and to support building occupants in the Lao PDR improve the energy efficiency of their buildings, Sunlabob has engaged in creating awareness towards energy savings. This activity is particularly relevant in the Lao PDR, a country currently experiencing a boom in the building sector. Sunlabob's energy saving services aim to decrease energy consumption and energy wastage in buildings and factories, as well as to increase awareness of efficient energy usage.
As part of its energy conservation activities, Sunlabob offers energy audits, energy efficiency consultancies, and studies on energy saving potentials in factories. Furthermore, Sunlabob is constantly engaging in projects to raise awareness of energy efficiency issues and to apply energy efficiency standards in the Lao PDR. Sunlabob's view on energy efficiency in the Lao PDR is that the private sector must receive public sector support in the development of national standards for buildings and hotels in order to increase the quality of buildings.
- Sunlabob believes that responsible, long-term oriented entrepreneurship is the driving force for sustainable economic development and for providing managerial, technical, and financial resources needed to meet social and environmental challenges.
- With this being the core principle behind our approach, we can generate a profit as well as provide a service to the developing country of Laos. To this end, we have been committed since our inception to providing our solutions at affordable and competitive rates.
- Furthermore, we are dedicated to helping achieve UN Millennium Development Goal #7: Ensure environmental sustainability. Sunlabob thus also participates in the UNEP Climate Neutral Network.
- Sunlabob has installed more than 10,000 systems in over 500 villages and locations in Laos.
- Sunlabob has received numerous international awards for its innovative ideas.
- Sunlabob has public private partnerships with various development agencies, such as GTZ, DEG, and IFC.
- Sunlabob has expanded its Solar Lantern Rental System operations into Cambodia, Uganda and Afghanistan.
- Sunlabob is expanding into village grids with hybrid renewable energy sources and has launched R&D efforts for solar pumping and biofuels.
- Sunlabob has successfully initiated a rental service for energy systems that allows households and villages to afford electricity.
- Sunlabob collaborated with other Lao agencies to launch the Lao Institute for Renewable Energy (LIRE), a non-profit organization dedicated to the research and testing of viable renewable energy technology.
- Sunlabob is a key player in carbon-reducing concepts and has successfully entered the carbon trading market.
- Sunlabob installed the Lao's first grid connected solar system at the German Embassy.
- Sunlabob conceptualised and implemented the Lao's first rural electrification project connected to the national grid.
- Sunlabob, in 2011, won an international tender to supply and install 12,000 Solar Home Systems in Cambodia
- Sunlabob, in 2012, won 3 United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) contracts in Sierra Leone, Mozambique and Liberia