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our company

Development Path

hep Peak Clean Energy is a developer and owner of utility scale solar energy projects. We are the utility scale development arm of hep energy GmbH in the U.S.  We are focused on creating new sources of clean renewable energy at the local level. We partner with landowners, electric cooperatives, regional and investor-owned utilities, municipalities, commercial and industrial electricity consumers, and the community at large to build economic and environmentally responsible projects.  Our team’s successes in renewable energy include:


  • 250+ MW of solar Projects in 12 states
  • 1.7 GW of wind Projects in 11 states
  • 80 MW South Peak Wind Project, MT, COD 2020
  • 15 MW Anderson Wind Project, NM, COD 2014
  • 40 MW Spion Kop Wind Project, MT, COD 2012


Peak’s management team has been substantially involved in the development and financing of both conventional and renewable power generation projects.  Specifically in the solar and wind sectors, the core team has considerable experience and has led multiple deals including the 2002 and 2004 renewables deal of the year financings. 

Our Development Portfolio

Sites are uniquely developed in multiple phases to take advantage of existing transmission capacity.

Our Expertise

Energy Industry

Peak's collection of experience in the energy industry exceeds 100 years, resulting in over $2.5 Billion in deployed capital for over 40 projects / 1.7 GW of wind/solar projects.  This includes development, finance, construction and operation of wind and solar power projects in various U.S. markets.  Peak management also brings knowledge from the conventional sector to deepen our capabilities in solar development.

Energy Finance

 With our background in project finance, we know the necessary prerequisites to develop and finance multi-million dollar projects. Our creative approach has been rewarded with mandates to lead multiple energy deals including wind project financings that won “Renewables Deal of the Year” in 2002 and 2004. 

Rural Electric Distribution Systems

 Our team focuses on sites with existing transmission capacity and close proximity to available interconnection points.  We work with the local utility from the earliest stages of development to ensure a positive ongoing working relationship. 

Land Affairs

 Our developers work in conjunction with the local utility, landowners and the community as a whole to ensure localized site development with a focus on land usage, permitting and environmental matters. 

Core Development Team

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Chris McCall, Senior Vice President

Prior to co-founding Peak, Chris was the founder and president of the development firm Compass Wind, LLC.  


Chris previously was a Senior Vice President at Fortis Bank and previously MeesPiersen and Citibank where he focused on energy financings including work on numerous wind and conventional power projects (e.g. combined and simple cycle gas-fired facilities, circulating fluidized bed boilers (coal-fired) and pumped storage facilities (hydro), along with a number of electric distribution and transmission projects. 


Chris has a bachelor’s degree in economics from James Madison University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Columbia University.

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Ilan Caplan, Senior Vice President

Ilan was a co-founder of Peak, who’s experience covers over 20 years in the conventional and renewable energy sectors.  Previously, Ilan was a Vice President at Compass Wind, LLC, where he focused on finance, analytical and operational aspects of the development company. 


Prior to joining Peak, Ilan served as a Finance Director selling over $260+M (160 MW) of solar and (280 MW) of wind projects.  He also served as key roles at Clipper Windpower as well as at GE Wind and Enron Wind, resulting in a total of 1+ GW of installed project capacity.  


llan has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and a Masters in Professional Accounting, both from the University of Texas at Austin. 

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Kyle Paulson, Director Legal

Kyle has been involved in the renewable energy sector for over 14 years. He provides counsel and also leads project land acquisition, government affairs, public relations, permitting, and environmental assessment efforts.  


Kyle previously worked at SunShare Compass Wind, and Clipper Windpower in various roles providing counsel regarding solar project development, finance, and corporate matters as well as leading the company’s launch into new markets. 


Kyle’s prior experience includes advancing recycling policies and practices with the Container Recycling Institute in Washington, DC and implementing sustainable forestry initiatives with the Peace Corps in Ghana.

Kyle holds a BA in Political Science from St. Olaf College and a JD from Vermont Law School, a nationally top-ranked environmental law program. 

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Lorin Crandall, GIS Manager

Before spearheading mapping and site evaluation efforts at Peak, Lorin built his cartographic expertise working on water quality issues at a small non-profit in Missouri. Lorin started as a draftsman and designer at a leading landscape architecture firm in St.Louis. 


Lorin's focus at Peak has been on building locational knowledge that is critical to site evaluation, in addition, he helps manage various tasks specific to environmental permitting, data collection and project management.    


Lorin has a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning & Design from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a Masters in Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Colorado-Denver. 

Gary Hurse, Senior Advisor

Gary serves as a Senior Advisor to Peak and previously served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Lea County Electric Cooperative, Inc. for over thirteen years serving Southeastern New Mexico and West Texas. 


During his at the coop, he transformed LCEC’s strategic power supply portfolio well before national trends followed by renegotiating their SPS contracts and shifting to Western Farmers, building a Wartsila gen set and coupling all this with purchasing wind power, all to better service the needs of his members.   


Gary has an Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.  Gary graduated from Texas A&M University at Commerce with a degree in Industrial Engineering Technology

Michael Behnke, Co-Founder & Principal Engineer at Cinch, Inc.

Mike brings over 33 years of senior electrical engineering experience via program management, electric power system analysis, and design in the renewables space.  


Mike initially entered the energy industry via Pacific Gas & Electric and serviced as a key member of the Kenetech Windpower team.  Mike serviced in a number of key electrical engineering capacities having been a co-founder of BEW Engineering, which was acquired and became a key resource for DNV KEMA Energy and Sustainability.  


Through his varied roles designing systems and performing integration studies and failure analyses, Mike has also spent over 15 years working in solar and storage having served on the Board of Directors for both SEPA and ESA.


Mike holds a BA in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and a MS in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University.