James Cleland


James currently leads national business strategy, project M&A, and capital formation for Cloudbreak Energy. Additionally, he manages the firm’s partnerships with IPPs, asset owners, and engagement with utilities.

Prior to founding Cloudbreak, James was a Director of Project Finance at Wunder Capital. James led and launched Wunder’s Development Financing product while also structuring debt, developing market strategy, conducting project valuation, and directly financing transactions for the largest Commercial Solar Developers in the United States. He began his career trading Energy and Agricultural Derivatives at Goldman Sachs and Bunge before moving to investing in private markets and venture capital. James received his BA from Colorado College and his MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

East Coast

Cloudbreak has over 66.3 MWdc of sites under active development in major East Coast markets such as Virginia, New York, and others. These projects span large distributed projects with utilities such as Dominion as well as community solar projects in National Grid and NYSEG service territories.


Cloudbreak Energy has been awarded 8 MWdc of distributed solar projects in Iowa. Cloudbreak is actively developing more than 23 MWdc of distributed and community solar projects in several Midwest markets and across multiple utility territories, such as WE Energies, WPS, and Xcel.

West Coast

Cloudbreak Energy has 70+ MWdc of distributed solar and solar plus storage projects in active development in various counties across the Pacific Northwest and in California. The West Coast is a large focus area for the firm as community and distributed solar legislation gains momentum in some of those key markets.


Cloudbreak has been awarded 70+MWdc of distributed and community solar projects with Xcel, Black Hills, and Mountain Parks Electric which are in various stages of maturity, ranging from permitting to COD. Cloudbreak also has 180 MWdc of utility scale solar and 212.2 MWdc of distributed and community solar projects under active development.