News 2013

From Myanmar to Uganda: Sunlabob’s 2013 in pictures

2013 was a busy year for Sunlabob: our team worked in new geographies around the world, we engaged with new customers and most importantly, Sunlabob provided renewable energy and clean water to more rural, remote communities.

This year’s work was diverse, ranging from solar energy training in the far reaches of the Kiribati islands to projects closer to home like the solar mini-grid opening access to electricity to the 500 residents of Ban Houaypha, a remote, off-grid village in Luang Prabang Province, Laos.

Here is a selection of photos providing a snapshot of a few places Sunlabob was throughout 2013.


Sunlabob outfitted two environmental education vehicles with solar panels in partnership with Lao PDR’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) and the German development agency Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). Photo credit: GIZ.


Antony Watkins, Sunlabob lead engineer, stands with a group of Sierra Leoneans after completing the 16 kWp solar PV plant at the Kambia Growth Centre, one of 13 solar PV plants that Sunlabob installed in Sierra Leone this year in partnership with the World Bank.


Children play after dark under one of the new street lights powered by Sunlabob’s most recent solar-powered mini-grid, which now provides reliable, affordable electricity access to 500 villagers in Ban Houaypha, Laos.


Reaching Ban Houaypha wasn’t easy, but the community members were amazingly helpful in tough times.


Sunlabob CEO Andy Schroeter (far right) represented Sunlabob as part of a team of international experts contracted to deliver a policy and action plan to the Royal Government of Cambodia for implementation of a national energy efficiency strategy.


During a check-in visit to Ban Ta Oy, a remote village in Salavan Province of southern Laos, Sunlabob community specialist Ai Air Vongsakhamphoui spoke with the Village Energy Technicians currently managing the Solar Lantern Rental System.


A health post staff member views a new solar-powered refrigeration and cooling unit used for safe storage of livestock vaccines and medical equipment. Sunlabob, in partnership with the Asian Development Bank, supplied, installed and provided community training for eight systems in Sekong, Savanakhet and Salavanh provinces of southern Laos.


Recognized for its experience with rural energy access in developing countries throughout the world, Sunlabob was invited to Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar in June to take part in the World Economic Forum on East Asia. The company’s perspective on rural electrification was included in the World Economic Forum’s “New Energy Architecture: Myanmar” report launched during the event. Photo credit: World Economic Forum, Flickr


Paul, a Ugandan electrician trained with solar skills by Sunlabob, connects a rooftop solar PV system to a charge controller as part of Sunlabob’s work to electrify 64 schools throughout rural areas of Uganda. This picture was taken at the Victoria Secondary School in the Buikwe District.