Arne Jacobson is the Schatz Center Director and a professor of Environmental Resources Engineering at Humboldt State University. His areas of research interest include renewable energy technology, energy and climate change mitigation policy, and energy access for low-income people in off-grid areas of Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The approach he takes is interdisciplinary, combining renewable energy engineering, energy policy, and a social geography based approach to international development studies. He has extensive international experience, including work over the past decade helping lead development and implementation of the Lighting Global Quality Assurance program for off-grid solar products.
His current activities include 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. He currently serves as co-chair of the off-grid solar working group (Joint Working Group 1) of Technical Committee 82 (photovoltaics) of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). Arne is a recipient of the California State University’s 2015 Wang Family Excellence Award and in 2010/11, served as a senior advisor in the Office of Policy and International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy.
Arne has a PhD from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley, a master’s degree focused on Environmental Resources Engineering from Humboldt State, and a bachelor’s degree in physics from Earlham College.