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Schneider Electric engineers visit Sunlabob headquarters for solar training


Sunlabob engineers at the company’s headquarters in Vientiane, Laos recently welcomed two product application engineers from Schneider Electric to conduct a two-day technical training focused on off- and on-grid solar power management.

Schneider Electric, one of the world’s largest providers of power conversion and electric distribution technologies, sent solar-focused engineers from Singapore and Malaysia to conduct training with charge controllers, inverters and communications and monitoring devices.

“Technology within the solar industry is constantly evolving and improving,” said Andy Schroeter, CEO, Sunlabob, which has implemented solar and other renewable energy technologies in rural, remote areas of the developing world since 2000.

“Hands-on, face-to-face training, like what Schneider has provided, is a valuable element to keeping solar developers and installers like Sunlabob up-to-date with the newest products and skillsets,” added Schroeter.

Sunlabob, which specializes in off-grid solar solutions, has expertise in both DC and AC-based power systems. The training provided by Schneider supported both types of electricity supply.

Schneider’s solar solutions range from commercial-scale solar PV plants to distributed residential installations and off-grid community electrification.

“Hands-on training like this is a ‘win-win’ situation,” said Yong-Nee Tay, a Schneider Electric regional solar sales manager in Southeast Asia. “On-the-ground practitioners like Sunlabob are familiarized with cutting-edge technology, and Schneider gains valuable insight about important emerging markets such as Laos and Myanmar.”