About the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center


The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center is a UNC System-chartered Public Service Center administered by the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University.

Its mission is to advance a sustainable energy economy by educating, demonstrating and providing support for clean energy technologies, practices, and policies.  

The Center provides service to the businesses and citizens of North Carolina and beyond relating to the development and adoption of clean energy technologies.  Through its programs and activities, the Center envisions and seeks to promote the development and use clean energy in ways that stimulate a sustainable economy while reducing dependence on foreign sources of energy, and mitigating the environmental impacts of fossil fuel use.

Since its founding as the North Carolina Solar Center in December 1987, the Center has worked closely with partners in government, industry, academia, and the non-profit community while evolving to include a greater geographic scope and array of clean energy technologies.  As a result of this evolution, the Center has grown into a state agency respected for its assistance to the burgeoning “clean tech” sector in North Carolina, as well as one of the premier clean energy centers of knowledge in the United States.


Major Milestones


1981 NCSU Solar House dedicated by Governor Jim Hunt

1981 NCSU Solar House research program initiated

1988 N.C. Solar Center dedicated and begins operation

1988 Solar technical program begins

1993 Solar thermal testing begins

1995 N.C. Solar Center begins Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE).

1996 N.C. State grants Solar Center use of research annex for solar R&D purposes

1996 Solar Center begins commercial/industrial program

1997 Rotary International funds Solar Center PV program in Bolivia

1997 Solar photovoltaic testing begins

1998 Solar Center begins electric vehicle program

1999 Solar Center becomes state coordinator of federal Million Solar Roofs Initiative (MSRI)

2003 Solar Center’s wind program begins

2003 Solar Center’s Alternative Fuel Vehicle garage built adjacent to NCSU Solar House, establishing the Center’s alternative fuel/clean transportation and biofuels program

2004 Solar Center begins 2004 Renewable Energy Technology Diploma Series & establishes Workforce Development/Training program

2009 Solar Center establishes Energy Policy Program

2009 Solar Center establishes U.S. Department of Energy Southeastern Clean Energy Application Center

2009 Solar Center completes Micro-Combined Heat & Power (CHP) demonstration

2012 Solar Center begins Certificate in Renewable Energy Management

2012 Solar Center helps create the first Southeastern Coastal Wind Conference

2012 Solar Center establishes North Carolina CHP Initiative

2013 Solar Center establishes Boiler MACT technical assistance program

2014 N.C. Solar Center changes its name to N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center




1983 and 1985 Proclamations from the Governor (Hunt and Martin)

1984 Solar House receives U.S. Dept Energy Award for Energy Innovation

1991 Solar Center wins National Environmental Achievement Award from Renew America

1991 National Environmental Awards Council Environmental Success Index

1994, 1999, 2005 Interstate Renewable Council Renewable Energy (IREC) Recognition

1996 Certificate of Environmental Achievement by the National Awards of Environmental Sustainability

1998 NEAT EV Rally Participant

2002 NCSEA Recognition N.C. Green Power Formation

2004 N.C. Sustainability Award – presented by Sustainable NC

2005 Best Sustainable Practice Award – presented by the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council

2005  Interstate Renewable Council Renewable Energy Innovation award- for the Renewable Energy Technology Diploma Series

2010 “Green Award” for best Educational Program (Green Buildings) – presented by the Triangle Business Journal

2010 Southern Energy Expo 10 year participant Award

2010 Clean Air Champion Award (for Clean Transportation Program)- presented by U.S. EPA Region 4

2011 Green Education Program of the Year (Clean Transportation) – presented by the Triangle Business Journal

2014 City of Raleigh Regional Environmental Award

2014 WTS – NC Chapter 2013 Innovative Transportation Solutions Award

U.S. Department of Energy Million Solar Roofs Best Progress Award for the SE Region