News 2012

Sunlabob ventures into Myanmar

In Northern Myanmar and in many areas of the developing world, rural communities use kerosene, and/or diesel generators for electricity and lighting. Unfortunately, fuel-powered light is dangerous, polluting, expensive and dim. Pollution from kerosene lamps causes respiratory problems and deaths from accidental fire are far too common. Diesel generators also produce fumes that are toxic. Moreover, they require regular maintenance and have a short lifespan.

Sunlabob is currently working with a Burmese partner to provide solar powered electricity as well as safe drinking water to rural Burmese communities.

Due to Myanmar’s geographic proximity to Laos as well as its abundant renewable energy sources, such as hydro power, wind, solar, geothermal etc., Sunlabob sees plenty of advantages venturing into the Burmese market. The company is dedicated to applying lessons learnt from rural electrification projects in Laos to develop sustainable renewable energy initiatives in Myanmar.

On May 23-24, Sunlabob participated in the Renewable Energy Business Forum (REBF) 2012 held in Yangon, Myanmar. Forum attendees included Burmese government officials, senior representatives of the private and public sectors and academia.

Sunlabob’s representative Simon Henschel shared valuable information about lessons learnt from Public-Private Partnership operational models and rural electrification strategies in Laos and elsewhere where Sunlabob has operations in. The session was well received by the attendees and the key takeaway was the need for public sector and government involvement for successful project implementation.

Sunlabob continues to expand globally and is certainly no stranger to the South East Asian region, with operations and projects in Cambodia, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines and Vietnam.