The chief executive officer of Anderson-based Go Electric Inc. says the energy technology provider is "on the cusp of a major growth spurt." Lisa Laughner says a new, $1.7 million contract to provide a battery storage system for the microgrid at the Tooele Army Depot in Utah provides further validation for the startup. The deal with Perini Management Services Inc. is the second big defense-related contract for Go Electric, which also has utility and commercial & industrial divisions.
In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Laughner says "every contract helps" as the six-year-old business builds its reputation. "For a young technology company like Go Electric to be now invited on two top-profile microgrid projects, that’s significant," she said. "It’s a testament to our engineering team and their patented technology and how well it works to keep bases energy-secure." The company will provide energy storage systems as well as engineering, design and commissioning services for this contract.
Go Electric just moved into a new, larger facility at the Purdue Polytechnic campus in Anderson, which doubled its previous footprint. Laughner says she has found great success finding talent in Madison County, crediting the legacy of skilled workers trained by the area’s once-thriving automotive manufacturing industry.
Laughner believes "the future looks great" in the defense sector and says she’s bullish on the prospect of additional work with military projects. She says energy security is one the U.S. Department of Defense’s top priorities and any knowledge gained through changes or advancements with projects like the one at Tooele can be applied to the company’s other units.
In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Go Electric CEO Lisa Laughner says “every contract helps” as the six-year-old business builds its reputation.