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Sunlabob installs solar-powered LED streetlights in northwest Laos

Sunlabob engineers recently completed the installation of two solar-powered LED street lighting systems at a provincial forestry checkpoint in Sayaboury, a northwest province of Laos. The new source of lighting allows inspectors from the Provincial Agriculture and Forestry Office to more effectively conduct its roadside checkpoint duties during the night.

The solar-powered LEDs contribute to Climate Protection through Avoided Deforestation (CliPAD), a program in partnership between Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Department of Forestry, Lao PDR.

“We are pleased that the Government of Lao PDR and its partners like GIZ are recognizing the diverse applications of renewable energy and the opportunity for contributing to non-energy focused programs like CliPAD,” said Andy Schroeter, Sunlabob CEO.

The two installations this month are acting as a pilot program; an additional 20 installations by Sunlabob are expected to contribute to the CliPAD’s forestry protection activities in the coming months.

The CliPAD project provides national policy advisory services, capacity development and institutional support in the area of forests and climate change mitigation in Lao PDR. It advises on the development of strategies for reducing GHG emissions from forest destruction and degradation (REDD).

Sunlabob’s history of solar-powered street lighting includes commercial clients such as Lao Tobacco, as well as rural installations to provide community lighting villages throughout the country.

Up to 90 percent of energy is saved compared to conventional incandescent lamps. The lights have a lifespan of up to 50,000 hours (30 times more than the conventional tungsten wire lamp), and are three times brighter than traditional incandescent lamps.

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