James Johnston

CEO & Co-founder

Working At

Open Utility


James is the CEO and co-founder of Open Utility, an innovative energy technology company with a mission to democratise energy. In 2015 they partnered with green energy supplier Good Energy to launch Piclo, the UK’s first peer-to-peer marketplace for buying and selling renewable electricity. Since the company’s inception, James and his co-founders have grown the team to 7 and secured over £1.3M in funding. Prior to founding Open Utility, James spent 3 years researching building-integrated direct current microgrids at University of Strathclyde. James is also the founder of Solar Sketch, a design company for the solar industry and worked as a building services engineer at international engineering consultancy Arup. James holds a BEng and MSc from University of Strathclyde in Mechanical Engineering.
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