Target Industries

Cleantech/Smart Grid

Where Sustainability and Ingenuity Meet

Finding innovative ways to preserve natural resources is more important than ever, and Wake County is proud to be leading the way toward a more sustainable future. Home to nearly 2,000 companies developing, supplying, and supporting sustainable technologies for the global market, Wake County and the Research Triangle region have become a major hub for cleantech companies and innovation. This crucial sector thrives in the region thanks to the Triangle’s impressive network of global economic partners that act as the gateway between our region and companies with cleantech opportunities throughout the world.


Fast Facts:

  • #2 State for Solar Power Capacity
  • 3rd Fastest-Growing Clean Tech Sector
  • Top 10 Cities Where Jobs Will Be in 2020
  • 4% Growth in Research Triangle Cleantech Employment over Past 10 Years


Cleantech & Smart Grid Employment


Top Occupations Employed
in Industry


Employed in Industry Group (2018)




Median Hourly


Management Analysts






Civil Engineers






Software Developers
and Programmers






Electrical and Electronics Engineers






Secretaries and Administrative Assistants






Market Research Analysts and
Marketing Specialists






Engineering Technicians,
Except Drafters






General and Operations Managers






Customer Service Representatives






Miscellaneous Business
Operations Specialists





Source: EMSI 2018. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (Metro), April 2018. Raleigh-Durham CMSA

Explore resources like the Research Triangle Region Partnership and Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster websites, or contact Kathleen Henry for more information about Wake County’s bustling Cleantech sector.