Bright Power CEO Named to Crain’s 40 Under 40
Jeffrey Perlman, CEO, president, and founder of Bright Power, was recently named to Crain’s New York Business 40 Under 40 Class of 2018. This year’s class represents the best and brightest of rising New York business stars. Perlman’s company, Bright Power, is one of Urjanet’s leading customers and provides energy and water efficiency solutions, on-site renewable energy, and ongoing energy management to properties in 49 states.
Perlman first started the company in 2004 to encourage the real estate community to deploy cost-effective energy efficiency and solar energy solutions that would reduce carbon emissions, which make up 75 percent of New York City’s greenhouse gas emissions. However, he quickly discovered a disconnect between what landlords expressed that they were willing to do and their actual execution — it was just too hard to get projects done.
So, Bright Power began expanding from energy management consulting to actually doing the dirty work, too: directly installing energy upgrades in buildings. The majority of the company’s revenue now comes from the turnkey implementation of energy-saving upgrades like solar panels, HVAC retrofits, and LED lighting.
“I want to continue to innovate and make all the things happen that are necessary to keep our planet habitable.”
Harnessing the power of its impressive database, paired with Bright Power’s EnergyScoreCards energy analysis and benchmarking service, customers are able to not only identify opportunities for savings, but also track energy usage and ongoing progress toward efficiency targets. Together, the company’s customers have saved the equivalent of a 16.3-megawatt coal-fired power plant’s emissions from entering the atmosphere.
As Perlman framed it, “I want to continue to innovate and make all the things happen that are necessary to keep our planet habitable. But to do that, the solutions need to make sense economically, and we have to make it easy for the real estate community.”
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About Amy Hou
Amy Hou is a Marketing Associate at Urjanet, writing about emerging topics in sustainability, energy management, and data innovation.