Austin Kinzer - American Farmland Trust

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Austin Kinzer

Agrivoltaics Senior Technical Specialist

In his role as Agrivoltaics Senior Technical Specialist, Austin works with a broad range of stakeholders to advance farmer-centered solar projects around the country and ensure agricultural communities benefit from the transition to clean energy. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Austin is now based in Colorado where he earned a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder and an M.S. in Advanced Energy Systems from Colorado School of Mines. Prior to joining AFT, Austin was a graduate intern at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) where he researched agrivoltaic irradiance modeling, contributed to technical reports on agrivoltaics and agricultural decarbonization, and presented at industry conferences. Prior to NREL, Austin worked in commercial and industrial solar development and served as a Climate Corps Fellow with the Environmental Defense Fund and Iron Mountain. Austin has also been a long-time volunteer at Jack’s Solar Garden, one of the largest agrivoltaic crop production sites in the US. In addition to his work with AFT, Austin is a competitive athlete, coaching junior big mountain skiing for Team Summit Colorado and competing on the Freeride World Qualifier circuit. In his spare time, he enjoys mountain biking, backpacking, chess, and gardening.

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