Kai Lepley

Kai Lepley


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Kai Lepley is an agrivoltaic and energy-water-land nexus researcher in the Impact Analysis Group within the Strategic Energy Analysis Center. He works at the confluence of renewable energy and sustainable land use to optimize strategies for producing food and energy using the least amount of water and land. Leveraging a systems engineering approach and global outlook, he aims to help the United States become a leader in the sustainable production of clean energy that is just, equitable, and rooted in land stewardship. 

Research Interests


Dual-use renewable energy development

Land use, conservation, and low-impact development

Sustainably built environments and passive design

Smart farming and precision agriculture

Professional Experience

NASA Space Grant Fellow, University of Arizona (2021–2023)

Graduate Research Assistant, University of Arizona (2020–2023)

Data Monitoring Technician, Technicians for Sustainability (2019–2020)

Graduate Research Assistant, University of Arizona (2016–2019)

Biofuels Research Technician, University of Arizona (2014–2016)

Education/Academic Qualification

Master, Watershed Management and Ecohydrology, University of Arizona

Bachelor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona


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