News 2011

Sunlabob wins World Bank tender to install 12,000 Solar Home Systems in Cambodia


In Mar 2011, Sunlabob won an international tender for a World Bank financed procurement contract, handled locally by the Rural Electrification Office of the Department of Electricity (part of the Ministry of Energy and Mines), to supply and install 12,000 Solar Home Systems (30W and 50W), including spares, to 7 provinces across Cambodia.

Solar Home Systems bring huge benefits to homes in developing countries which aren’t connected to the national electricity grid. Previously, villagers used kerosene lamps for light and these lamps emitted lots of carbon dioxide and harmful gases.

The lamps also contain flammable liquids that have more probability of causing burns and fires than any electric lighting source. Each year, many homes and even entire communities worldwide burn to the ground due to fires starting from toppled kerosene lamps. The Solar Home Systems replace smoky, unsafe kerosene lamps with brighter light, allowing work, study and social activities after dark. They also power small electrical appliances like radios and cellphone chargers.

Each Sunlabob Solar Home System meets international quality standards and comprises a solar panel, PV mounting structure, battery, battery box, charge controller, circuit breaker, and 2 lamps.

The installation will be carried out in collaboration with a local partner in Cambodia, with 7,200 SHS being installed by Jan 2012 and the remaining by Sep 2012. This operation covers more than 413 villages in remote areas across Cambodia where there are no proper roads.

In total, 450 tonnes of material including over 360 kilometres of cable will be dispatched nationwide.

This is not the first time Sunlabob has implemented such a large-scale project. In 2009, Sunlabob successfully secured and completed a supply contract worth $1.72 million under the World Bank Rural Electrification Program to install 6,560 SHS in Laos.