Ethan WinterNational Smart Solar Director
Ethan serves at AFT’s National Smart Solar Director where he helps set and implement AFTs strategy for solar energy generation and farmland conservation. Prior to joining AFT, Ethan Winter worked as Project Developer and Senior Community Engagement Manager for Cypress Creek Renewables, an integrated solar and storage company with a 1.6 GW solar fleet spanning 14 states. In this role, Winter led community outreach strategy and helped to secure zoning approvals for a $100 million+ portfolio of community distributed generation (2-5 MWac) solar projects in New York and Massachusetts. Winter also brings a background in program development, natural climate solutions, and conservation practices, having led the Land Trust Alliance’s flagship New York Program for 13 years prior to his shift to the solar sector. Ethan earned a Master of Forestry at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and attended Bowdoin College.
Originally from Illinois, Ethan lives in Saratoga Springs, NY with his wife Anne and three tween-age children. Ethan serves on the City of Saratoga Springs Climate Smart Task Force and on the board of the Adirondack Council. He is an avid gardener and loves to paddle, mountain bike and cross-country ski whenever the conditions are right (sometimes at night).