News 2010

PhD candidate conducts research on SLRS pilot program in Uganda

Thomas Carton, a doctoral candidate in International Health and Development at Tulane University, has proposed a research design to measure the economic, health, and social impact of Sunlabob’s solar lantern rental model (SLRS), using a pilot program in Uganda as the study site.  The goal of the research is to evaluate the venture by testing claims pertaining to the use and impact of solar lanterns.

There are three study objectives for the research. The first objective is to investigate the drivers and barriers of solar lantern adoption, the second is to investigate a possible association between solar lantern use and reductions in indoor air pollution; and the third is to investigate a potential association between solar lantern use and reading and study time for school-going children and productive work for adults. The full research prospectus is available and can be obtained through direct communication with the researcher (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

The SLRS concept was created in 2006 and the first pilot tests ran through 2007 and 2008 in Laos. Sunlabob also initiated pilot projects in Uganda and Afghanistan in 2009. In Uganda, the pilot projects are partly financed with money received from the Lighting Africa award and by Sunlabob, via a local partner, TSSD (Technical and Specialist Services for Development Ltd). In Afghanistan, all the equipment (charging stations and lanterns) is purchased by United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the project is managed by Development Alternatives, Inc.(DAI), a global consulting firm.

For other academic publications/reports, please refer to the Lao Institute of Renewable Energy webpage.
For more information about Sunlabob’s SLRS venture into Uganda, please watch this video.