Green energy looks bright in Raleigh

The City of Oaks is going green and we don’t mean for St. Patty’s Day.

Raleigh wants to be a leader in the green technology space.

“I think Raleigh stands for a little bit of innovation,” said Robert Hinson, renewable energy coordinator for the City of Raleigh. “We want to be on the cutting edge.”

The state’s first wind turbine facility opened on the campus of NC State.

Ming Yang Wind Power, a manufacturer in China, held an event to mark the opening of its new facility Tuesday.

“North Carolina is a proven natural ground for the research and development of offshore wind turbine technology since the state has the best offshore wind resources on the east coast,” said Chuanwei Zhang, CEO of Ming Yang.

NC Department of Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco was at the event. He said innovation is the key to the state’s future.

“We’re putting a stake in the ground and we need to put that stake in the ground for our future,” said Crisco.

The City of Raleigh is looking to the sun for green technology.

The latest project is a 2,000 panel solar array on the roof of the convention center.

“It’s basically enough power to generate over 100 homes with electricity,” said Hinson.

The construction crew should have all the panels installed by next month.

City leaders say the panels can generate energy for the next 25 years.

Steve Kalland works with the NC Solar Center to help people and companies starting green projects.

He believes Raleigh is in a great position to lead the state in clean technology.

“Energy is not going anywhere,” said Kalland. “We’re going to need more of it as the economy grows.”


Maggie Alexander, NBC-17 originally reporter this story