Singapore-based Yingli Solar To Power Rural Laos Schools.

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (Yingli or Yingli Solar) one of the world’s leading solar panel manufacturers, has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Yingli Green Energy Singapore Company Pte. Limited (Yingli Singapore), has provided 4 kW  of solar panels to energize a school and a health clinic in rural Laos.

Each site is equipped with a 2 kW off-grid system that is now operational, and provides its occupants with access to electricity for the first time.

The school is located in Phongasavang and the health clinic is located in Lad Khammune.

Yingli worked with Rezeca Renewables, an energy solutions system integrator in Singapore; the Young Men’s Christian Association of Singapore (YMCA of Singapore), a volunteer international service organization; MyLaoHome Hotels & Villas, a local community logistics partner; student volunteers from the Youth Corps Singapore Aspirant and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Earthlink Club.

The Phongsavang and Lad Khammune communities were chosen by the YMCA of Singapore for these projects, as the municipal authorities of the area were not in a position to facilitate electrical supply during the next five years. Solar panels, system equipment, installers and manpower were transported five hours by boat from Luang Prabang to this remote location.

The Ban Phongsavang school has over 120 students who will benefit from the clean energy system, which will provide lights for the night classes and fans for cooling classrooms during hot weather. The technology can also be integrated into educational lessons and enrich the learning experiences for students in these schools.

The Lad Khammune Health centre serves the medical needs of seven surrounding villages, serving approximately 3000 people. The access to solar energy will allow the health centre to extend its operating hours and facilitate a more comfortable environment for patients via fan use.

“It was a pleasure to once again partner with such strong organizations and successfully bring solar power these rural communities,.” said Angie Koh, Managing Director of Yingli Singapore. “The project is reflective of Yingli’s larger efforts to improve the lives of communities around the world with clean, affordable solar power.”

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Originally from Deal Street Asia

Author: Darvin Tocmo

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