News 2010

Sunlabob installs SLRS in remote and mountainous Phakeo Village

On 15-18 August 2010, Sunlabob installed a solar charging station, and conducted Solar Lantern Rental System (SLRS) training sessions for Village Technicians in Phakeo village, Xiengkhouang province.

Financed by Swiss NGO Helvetas, the SLRS, comprising of solar lanterns and a charging station, was implemented so as to bring about safe and affordable lighting and electricity to XiengKhouang province, one of the poorest and least developed provinces in Laos.

The SLRS is a complete service package that combines established solar lantern technology with a sustainable operational model and continued monitoring and evaluation. A central charging station powered by a solar photovoltaic array can charge up to eight solar lanterns simultaneously, and is operated by a village entrepreneur/village technician, who is responsible for issuing fully-charged lanterns to customers, collecting rental fees, and maintaining the system.

Phakeo village in Xiengkhouang province is very remote and mountainous. Taking approximately 3 hours, Village Technicians and Sunlabob staff had to brave tough conditions to transport the SLRS equipment to the village.

Upon installation of the charging station, Sunlabob conducted training sessions for the Village Technicians on how to operate and maintain the components of the system. The training is crucial as it ensures that the system is well-maintained and has a longer lifespan.

For more information on the Solar Lantern Rental System, please click here.