GreenLancer Energy helps businesses integrate clean technologies into their facilities, handling the engineering and design aspects. But the downtown Detroit-based start-up doesn't see itself as an engineering firm as much as a business platform.
The nearly 1-year-old company provides an Internet platform for professionals who specializes in the design and implementation of green technologies, such as solar panels and wind turbines, that connect them with potential customers. Need a engineer to design a solar array on your business' flat roof? How an architect to find the best way to integrate a windturbine into your building? GreenLancer Energy can provide those experts.
"There is a lack of firms to fill the demand for clean-energy services," says Michael Sharber, COO of GreenLancer Energy
The M@dison Building-based start-up and its staff of three employees and 10 independent contractors, recently won the Advanced Energy category at the most recent Great Lakes Entrepreneur's Quest
business plan competition. The company, which came out of Bizdom
last year, currently is in the process of securing an initial round of seed capital so it can scale its business model.
"We're doing projects mostly in the Midwest," Sharber says. "We just did a proposal for 29 housing units in Indianapolis." He adds that his company would like "to expand into all different sorts of energy. Right now we're mostly solar."
Source: Michael Sharber, COO of GreenLancer Energy
Writer: Jon Zemke