Blue Sky Utility is a unique renewable energy developer providing solutions for retail real estate landlords and tenants. At Blue Sky Utility we combine our extensive engineering knowledge with our financial structuring expertise to create custom solutions, providing tenants and landlords with programs that are both environmentally sustainable and value accretive.
Meet the Team
Founder and CEO
Barend Venter is a serial entrepreneur with several successful exits. At Blue Sky Utility Barend functions as CEO. Barend created Blue Sky Utility as part of Bright Energy and he also functions as the CEO of BPi- Power, a Commercial Solar EPC and O&M company that has installed over 20MW of distributed generation solar systems across the US.
Prior to Bright Energy, Barend was founder and CEO of iGrade Holdings. The company was focused on specialized software applications for corporations like Pfizer Pharmaceutical, Johnson and Johnson, Daimler Chrysler, BMW, TV-Guide, Accenture and Sapient. At sale the total group had 60 employees with revenue of about $15M per year.
Prior to that Barend had co-founded and sold two companies in the logistics space in South Africa.
Barend holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a Strategic Management Business Diploma from the University of Pretoria in South Africa.
Founder and President
Ran is a 15 year veteran of the infrastructure space. At Blue Sky Utility Ran functions as President and CFO.
Prior to Blue Sky Utility Ran was a VP and North America’s Country Manager for Gestamp Solar, where he successfully turned-around the company’s failing US operation to generate a sale of their development assets and the operational platform for a consideration of $70M.
Prior to this role Ran was Head of Finance for Gestamp Solar where he financed over $1B of renewable assets in NorAm, LatAm and Africa.
Before joining Gestamp, Ran founded and led the West Coast Business Modeling Practice for Ernst & Young LLP, where he focused on advising clients in the energy and Project Finance space.
Prior to that Ran worked as a Senior Consultant at Tel Aviv Strategic Consulting, a leading PF practice in the EMEA.
Ran holds a BS in Chemistry and Computer Science from Tel Aviv University and an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
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