Sharon Klein


☀️ Clean and renewable energy, 📈 Economics, 🏞 Land and natural resource use

Klein’s research focuses on the technical, economic, environmental and social tradeoffs inherent to energy production, distribution, and use. She has expertise in concentrated solar power, molten salt thermal energy storage, distributed solar thermal and photovoltaics (PV), drop-in cellulosic biofuels from woody biomass, hydropower, and community-based energy efficiency initiatives, as well as service-learning and active-learning in the classroom. Visit Klein’s biography to learn more.

Appointment details

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Klein balances time between teaching (34%) courses about sustainable energy economics and policy, and the technical , economic, environmental, and social implications of energy production and use, and research (66%) on the role of community renewable energy and energy efficiency in increasing awareness, acceptance and adoption of sustainable energy alternatives in the US.

Klein’s work is supported by:

  • School of Economics at the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture
  • Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station

Experiment Station contributions

  • Current project: Addressing Energy Equity and Justice Issues Through Community Energy Solutions. Hatch project number ME022321.