Meg Harper is a senior research engineer at the Schatz Center where she manages projects focused on off-grid energy access. Over the past 6 years, she has supported the World Bank/IFC’s Lighting Global, Lighting Asia-India and Lighting Africa initiatives focused on market development and quality assurance for off-grid solar products. Her work has included conducting surveys and focus groups in rural sub-Saharan Africa, supporting market research in India, leading the extension of the quality assurance framework to cover solar home system kits up to 350 W, revising standards and IEC test methods, and closely engaging with public and private stakeholders in the off-grid sector. She is currently coordinating field surveys and leading the development of a quality assurance framework for solar installations at health clinics, schools and other public facilities in collaboration with the World Bank’s Lighting Africa program, the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), and relevant government ministries. She has also conducted research into demand-side management strategies for renewable energy mini-grids, investigated metrics to assess energy efficiency policy, conducted field research in Africa, South Asia and Latin America, helped maintain the HSU campus hydrogen station, and co-taught several courses in renewable energy engineering, climate change and development technology.
Meg is a graduate of the Energy, Technology and Policy program and the Environmental Resources Engineering programs at HSU and holds a BS in Environmental Studies from Warren Wilson College.