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Byron Kominek is the owner and manager of Jack's Solar Garden, a 1.2 MW community solar garden showcasing how to integrate crops, people, pollinators, and research into one site. Byron also leads the Colorado Agrivoltaic Learning Center based at Jack's Solar Garden to provide educational opportunities to students, community members, and policymakers.
Byron is not a farmer nor an experienced solar developer. He moved onto his family's land after a career in international development spending over six years in different parts of Africa with a notable five years as a US diplomat creating and managing projects related to improving natural resource management.
Byron has a masters in environmental engineering and used to speak French and Portuguese fluently. He has through-hiked the Appalachian Trail and driven a motorcycle across West Africa. Byron consults on agrivoltaic projects through his business Jack's Solar Garden Developments.
In this introductory agrivoltaics course, Byron Kominek, founder of Jack's Solar Garden and co-founder of the Colorado Agrivoltaics Learning Center, joins us to explain the benefits of responsible land management practices for community solar gardens.
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