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January 8, 2014

Anderson lands 2 high-tech companies

23 new jobs to be created


Lisa Laughner, CEO of Go Electric, said the grant was awarded to the company by the U.S. Department of Defense and the Department of Energy to develop a micro-grid for the Marine base in Hawaii.

The company will incorporate cyber-secure micro grid solutions that will instantly switch to back-up generators in the event of an electrical grid failure.

Laughner said the company is purchasing two 725 kilovolt generators to be installed at Camp Smith in 2015.

“We can put some power back on the grid,” she said. “To test the equipment we needed to be grid interactive to put power on and off the grid to be able to do the test. Anderson Light and Power allowed us to do that.”

Laughner said the company has applied for two more contracts with the federal government to bring the technology to other military bases in the U.S. and around the world.

“The Department of Defense wants bases to have micro-grids,” she said. “The equipment will provide Blinkless power to Camp Smith critical loads and will assist in the overall load management and peak load shaving at the base.”

GO Electric is expected to create eight new jobs in Anderson through the first grant program.

“This is a great opportunity for the city of Anderson. These two companies point the way to the future of what our city can and will be,” Winkler said. “The innovation and entrepreneurship of Go Electric and SES are a welcome addition to Anderson’s tradition of excellence in engineering.”

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