Paris Hays is a power industry veteran with repeated success in leading teams and developing and executing utility-scale and distributed solar and energy storage projects throughout the United States. Paris draws on his experience bringing complex portfolios from conception to realization and creating industry-leading development strategies to his dual role as CEO and Chief Development Officer of Nightpeak Energy.
Prior to founding Nightpeak Energy, Paris served as Director of Project Development at Recurrent Energy, a leading North American utility-scale solar and energy storage project developer. As Director, Paris headed an industry-leading team developing, financing, and executing utility-scale solar and energy storage projects within the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) energy market. Paris’ team was responsible for building one of the premier solar and energy storage portfolios in the western US, as well as commercializing some of the first standalone energy storage and hybrid solar + storage energy projects in the country.
Before joining Recurrent, Paris served as Manager of Project Acquisitions and Joint Development at SunEdison, where he was responsible for partnering with other developers to jointly develop and finance distributed and small wholesale solar plants across the US. Previously, Paris held various project development positions at other solar power plant developers. Paris began his energy industry career with Siemens Energy in the US and Germany.
Paris holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from Brown University.