North Carolina’s strong commitment to develop a sustainable energy economy offers the cleantech industry the right conditions for success. State policy includes the first and only Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard in the Southeast and some of the best cleantech tax credits in the country. These factors, along with our strong workforce, industry leadership, and high quality of life have combined to result in many exciting economic development successes in 2012.
In March, China Ming Yang Wind Power Group, a leading wind turbine manufacturer in China opened its North American Research and Development Center on the Centennial Campus at N.C. State University in Raleigh. Ming Yang will hire 15 engineers in the next year.
In August, Schletter, a leading manufacturer of solar-power mounting systems announced a production facility in Shelby that will employ 305 workers over the next three years with an average wage of $40,660 per year plus benefits. The $27 million facility should be at full production by the end of 2016.
In September, ABB opened a new $90 million cable plant in Huntersville. The cable is suitable for transmitting power from wind and solar farms or upgrading aging transmission lines. ABB plans to employ 100 employees at the new Huntersville plant. ABB currently employs close to 2,000 people in eight North Carolina locations.
Also in September, Semprius opened its new solar panel manufacturing facility in Henderson. In the coming years, the company will employ more than 250 people in manufacturing and assembly of their high concentration photovoltaic solar panels which currently hold the record for solar module efficiency at 33.9 percent.
The state anticipates more cleantech announcements in the months to come. If you’re interested in learning more about cleantech manufacturing in North Carolina, please reach out to our Economic Development Program Manager, Betsy McCorkle – firstname.lastname@example.org.