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United Nations office in Laos turns to Sunlabob for rooftop solar

18 kWp grid-connected solar project inaugurated by UNDP head Helen Clark

Sunlabob recently completed the installation of an 18 kWp grid-connected rooftop solar system at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) office in Vientiane, Laos.

The official inauguration of the solar system coincided with a visit to Laos by Helen Clark, Administrator of the UNDP and former prime minister of New Zealand, for the signing of a ten-year development partnership between the Lao PDR Government and the United Nations.

“As a promoter and implementer of decentralized renewable energy in Laos for many years, Sunlabob is thrilled to contribute to the Government’s and United Nations’ efforts to encourage green power options such as grid-connected solar,” said Andy Schroeter, CEO, Sunlabob.

Sunlabob managed the material supply and system installation as well as training for on-site UNDP staff.

The solar system is projected to generate approximately 27,500 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year for the UNDP. The company also installed a display screen in the UNDP office lobby to provide a real-time exhibit of the solar system’s electricity production.

“It is important to point out that solar not only provides clean electricity, but also offers an opportunity for saving money,” added Schroeter. “As prices for grid-based electricity continue to rise, grid-connected solar is an increasingly attractive option for reducing operational expenses.”

The inauguration event featured comments by Ms. Clark as well as H.E. Viraphonh Viravong, Vice Minister, Ministry of Energy and Mines, Lao PDR.

Also in Vientiane, Sunlabob recently signed a contract to implement a 40 kWp roof-mounted building-integrated (BIPV) solar system at the World Bank Group office.

Sunlabob led the installation of the country’s first grid-connected solar system in 2010 at the German Embassy in Vientiane.