Greenlancer takes an assembly line approach to green engineering

Greenlancer takes an assembly line approach to green engineering

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Michael Sharber is the CEO of a green engineering startup called Greenlancer. Michael Sharber is the CEO of a green engineering startup called Greenlancer.
DETROIT (WJBK) -

Greenlancer is a web-based engineering company located in Detroit that designs green energy systems using cutting edge technology, the Internet and about 100 freelancers, who are experts in green energy.

"The name is Greenlancer, as in green energy freelancers, and we use it as a virtual network of green energy freelancers to engineer and design these systems," said Michael Sharber.

We met the company's young CEO at Bizdom in Detroit's cool Madison Building. The nonprofit founded by Quicken Loans Chairman Dan Gilbert helps entrepreneurs launch, fund and grow innovative, web-based startups. It was the perfect place for Greenlancer to set up shop and get off the ground.

One of the local projects the company worked on was for a Jewish day school in Oak Park. Greenlancer has done work in 32 states, six countries and on three continents.

"Our business model is the same business model Henry Ford had when he introduced the world to the assembly line, and Ford's whole model was instead of having a room full of mechanical engineers build a car from start to finish, he broke that process down into 84 steps," Sharber said.

Greenlancer uses a four step approach to put solar systems together, including a feasibility study, concept design, financial analysis and permit drawings. As a result, they say they have made green engineering quick, easy and more affordable.

"We standardized the process, and we use experts that specialize in that process," Sharber said.

The young company has hired several new team members, and they are already expanding. They say they are the only ones using this high tech approach.

To learn more about Greenlancer, visit their website at www.greenlancer.com.

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