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Pan-Asia leadership program visits Laos, focuses on village electrification

Global Institute for Tomorrow (GIFT) executive education project examines business models for UN-supported rural mini-grid to be built by Sunlabob

Sunlabob’s team in Laos is continuing a long-time partnership with Hong Kong-based Global Institute for Tomorrow (GIFT), a pan-Asia think-tank and executive education provider.

As part of GIFT’s Global Leaders Programme, 29 participants from 19 countries in Asia-Pacific and Africa are visiting Laos to gain insights into new business models through direct work on a rural renewable energy field-project initiated by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP).

Sunlabob is contributing in a variety of ways. Firstly, Sunlabob CEO Andy Schroeter recently met with the group of young business leaders in Vientiane, sharing insights about founding Sunlabob in Laos 15 years ago and growing the company to become an internationally-focused renewable energy company that has worked in more than 20 countries throughout the developing world.

Sunlabob is also hosting the GIFT group on a site visit to Ban Phakeo, an off-grid community in Luang Prabang Province, where Sunlabob designed and constructed a hybrid solar-powered mini-grid in 2009.

The GIFT participants will see first-hand the solar mini-grid, the operational model and meet the village technicians trained by Sunlabob. The knowledge gained through the site visit will facilitate the group’s work on developing a business model for the UNESCAP project currently focused on deploying a renewable energy mini-grid in Xayabouly Province, Laos in which Sunlabob is collaborating.

Kaisone Tonvolachit, a project assistant at Sunlabob’s headquarters in Vientiane, is participating in the Global Leaders Programme. In addition to participating in the group’s visit to Laos, Ms. Tonvolachit will also travel to Hong Kong as part of GIFT’s extended training program.

GIFT and Sunlabob previously collaborated on rural renewable energy business model development, when a group visited Laos in 2008 with the goal of laying the groundwork for Sunlabob to expand its solar-powered water purification services.

The current UNESCAP-driven project aims to commission a renewable energy mini-grid in Xayabouly Province in the first half of 2015.