News 2011

Sunlabob installs grid connected solar system at DED

In Mar 2011, Sunlabob installed a grid connected solar system with a 10kW solar array at German development Service, the Deutsche Entwicklungsdienst (DED).

A grid connected system is connected to the national grid and feeds power into the grid. This is a form of decentralized electricity generation. In the case of residential or building mounted grid connected systems, the electricity demand of the building is met by the PV system. Only the excess is fed into the grid, allowing the owner of the grid connected system to sell the excess electricity to the national utility provider. In Laos, this technology is new and a feed-in agreement and tariff with the national utility provider Electricité du Laos (EDL) is currently under discussion.

Grid connected solar systems are a great way to reduce greenhouse gases, help the environment and ensure that the building gets all of its electricity needs, no more and no less. Homes will benefit from such a system as they will be able to reduce their reliance on the main power grid. In essence, one still benefits from having the main power grid along with the added benefit of much reduced electricity bills, thanks to grid-connected solar systems.

Climate change and global warming are the biggest threats to people's living standards in many countries, especially developing ones. It is hard for poor people to adjust, because they do not have the resources to change their circumstances. It is thus especially necessary for developing countries to battle climate change by reducing the release of greenhouse gases into the earth’s atmosphere.

Laos has agreed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions as part of its strategy to combat climate change. All of Laos’ environmental problems demonstrate that complying with the environment protection laws are important in producing sustainable development. It is necessary for projects to be assessed for their negative impacts on the environment and ensure that they do not release more greenhouse gases than environmental laws permit.

Studies conducted by the European Commission concluded that well-adapted feed-in tariff regimes are generally the most efficient and effective support schemes for promoting renewable electricity. The rapid deployment of renewable energy under feed-in tariffs seen in countries like Germany, Denmark and Spain has undoubtedly contributed to reducing technology costs, and hence, in accelerating this trend. This further proves that grid connected solar technology is the way forward for urban areas.

In Oct 2010, Sunlabob installed the first grid connected solar system in Laos at the German Embassy in Vientiane.

For more information on the grid-connected system installed at the German Embassy, please read this news article.