HUMBOLDT COUNTY, Calif. (KIEM)- This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the California Energy Commission’s Clean Energy Hall of fame will be Peter Lehman, a retired Humboldt State University faculty member.
“He has been a tireless leader for the past three decades at the Schatz Center, and it has been a great honor to work under him and with him,” said Marc Marshall, Principal Engineer for Schatz Energy Research Center.
Lehman was the founding director of HSU’s Schatz Energy Research Center and a professor of Environmental Resources Engineering.
“He is really tenacious about trying to make sure that the work we are doing makes a difference for the environment and the society, and I find that to be quite an inspiration,” said Arne Jacobson, Director for Schatz Energy Research Center.
The award recognizes longtime leaders in clean energy who have had a significant positive impact on the State of California and Environmental Justice communities.
Most recently, he served as the lead faculty researcher for the Redwood Coast Airport Microgrid. It’s the first 100% renewable multi-customer microgrid in California.
Along with his colleagues, he helped develop the cutting-edge microgrid for Blue Lake Rancheria.
“He is a constant becan of direction and insight and inspiration that keep the project moving forward for its original intended purpose,” said Steve Richards, Research Engineer for Schatz Energy Research Center.
Lehman helped develop the Energy Resources Program within the Environmental Resources Engineering major and founded the International Development Technology Graduate Program.
Along with a group of students Lehman, founded the Campus Center for Appropriate Technology.
“Im proudest of the students I have taught over the years, many hundreds of thousands of students, and how well they have done in life and contributed to clean energy development and a greener planet,” said Peter Lehman, Founder of Schatz Energy Research Center.