News 2013

Sunlabob concludes solar-powered health refrigeration installation across southern Laos

Through Asian Development Bank award, Sunlabob supplies, installs and provides local training for solar-powered cooling systems to benefit 4,000 villagers across three Lao provinces.

In partnership with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Laos, Sunlabob announced this week the completion of the supply, installation and community training for eight solar-powered refrigeration systems. The systems will be used for safe storage of livestock vaccines and medical equipment in rural villages of southern Laos.

The eight solar-powered cooling sets – each of which includes one refrigerator and one freezer – will be provided to villages in the Sekong, Savanakhet and Salavanh provinces. The new access to refrigeration and cooling will benefit up to 4,000 people. Previously, the target villages weren’t able to safely and properly store important vaccines and critical medicines, which increased health risks for both livestock and humans. Further, each of the selected villages has limited healthcare and education opportunities as well as no access to the national electricity grid.

“This project demonstrates how access to electricity in rural communities opens the door to more holistic, sustainable development,” said Andy Schroeter, Sunlabob Renewable Energy co-founder and CEO. “Solar power is not only allowing reliable cooling and refrigeration – it is also acting as a gateway to healthier livestock, resulting in improved incomes and productivity within these remote communities.”

Each set includes a 700 W energy capacity to produce electricity for the refrigerators and freezers which each have a storage capacity of 166 liters. Sunlabob supplied the material and completed the installation, as well as provided hands-on technical training with local community members to help ensure technical longevity and long-term usage of each cooling system.

Sunlabob previously partnered with ADB and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in the summer of 2012 when the company installed and provided local training for 44 refrigerators as part of 22 solar-powered cooling units (2 refrigerators per unit). The units were provided to health centers across five provinces in southern Laos, benefitting 11,000 rural Laotians.