22Lightbulbs: Solar Lending Libraries in Africa

22Lightbulbs Podcast

Megan Birney is the President of Unite to Light, which aims to bring light to those in poverty. Megan is an expert in renewable energy policy and finance. Throughout her career she has focused on increasing access to renewable energy. 

In this episode, we’ll talk about how solar lending libraries dramatically improves education in Africa while reducing energy poverty. We also discuss the future of solar and all the benefits that come with solar powered light. 

“We’ve seen increases in graduation rates by about 30% when we are able to provide them with lighting through solar lending libraries.”

01:03 – What is the background of Unite To Light?
02:20 – The key to double A batteries
04:03 – The three entities involved
05:00 – Are there particular countries or regions that are having the most success?
07:05 – What is a light library?
07:36 – Where do you get your funding as a non-profit?
09:23 – What were some of the early day hurdles for Unite To Light?
12:00 – All the benefits of having a solar powered light
13:10 – What is the number one reason that most of these tend to fail?
14:23 – What do you see for the future of solar?
16:52  – If there’s one other problem your organization wants to fix, what is it?
[The podcast name 22Lightbulbs is from Chinese numerology where the number 22 serves as the destiny number of individuals who are builders and leaders.]
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