The new name reflects progress of the expanded clean energy industry
RALEIGH, N.C. (July 15, 2014) – The N.C. Solar Center at N.C. State University has changed its name to the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, reaffirming its commitment to expanding support to all areas of clean energy. The Center serves as a resource for innovative, clean energy technologies through demonstration, technical assistance, outreach and training. It also works to break down barriers for clean energy technologies and businesses who want to locate and grow in the state. Increasingly, North Carolina is recognized nationally and internationally for its growth and authority in clean energy technologies. The Center has been at the forefront of this progress for more than 25 years.
During its evolution, the Center has broadened its technology focus to include wind and biomass; energy efficiency; distributed generation systems like combined heat and power; clean transportation technologies, including natural gas, propane, biofuels and electric vehicles; as well as smart grid and green building technologies. Over the years, the Center also has also recognized the need to include energy policy and economic development programs.
Today, North Carolina supports more than 15,000 direct jobs at more than 1,000 companies in the clean energy sector. It is the only state in the Southeast with a Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard. It is known internationally for having the largest smart grid industry cluster in the U.S. and is ranked fifth in the U.S. for clean energy development and second for solar capacity.
The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center helps the state’s businesses, policymakers and organizations develop clean energy technology and policy initiatives. To promote economic development, the Center assists businesses by providing information on state regulatory and tax policies, and serves as a connector for other resources. Further, the Center consults with citizens, local governments and organizations to provide clean technology implementation strategies.
About the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center
The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, as part of the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University, advances a sustainable energy economy by educating, demonstrating and providing support for clean energy technologies, practices and policies. It serves as a resource for innovative, green energy technologies through technology demonstration, technical assistance, outreach and training. For more information about the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, visit: http://www.nccleantech.ncsu.edu. Twitter: @NCCleanTech