Target Industries

Cleantech/Smart Grid

Wake County and the Research Triangle region is a hub for global cleantech companies and innovation. We are home to dozens of smart grid and cleantech companies that employ thousands of people. Collectively, these firms invest tens of millions of dollars annually on research, development, and implementation of new enabling technologies.

Wake County is part of a larger concentration of cleantech companies found in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Region that includes renewable energy and energy efficiency companies, plus a growing collection of businesses and assets engaged in advanced transportation and water technologies.

Clean Tech Infographic

In 2011, recognizing the area’s impressive industry growth, the International Cleantech Network invited the Research Triangle region to become one of only 15 members in the exclusive global organization. Three factors are driving Wake County’s expanding smart grid cluster: an unmatched roster of cleantech and smart grid companies; a significant set of industry resources; and an impressive supply of technically trained people.

In addition, we have the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster which is an industry-funded, industry-led initiative of business, government, academic and nonprofit leaders focused on accelerating cleantech innovation and our cleantech economy.

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