Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy


With so many rich, natural resources across the state, it's no wonder North Carolina is a powerhouse when it comes to cleantech, wind energy, solar power, and other renewable energy sources. Our state is #1 for offshore wind energy potential, is the top choice for electric vehicle operations in the US, and is the 5th fastest-growing state in solar capacity.

#1 Offshore Wind Energy Potential#3 in Solar Energy CapacityTop 10 State for Clean Energy Jobs
Largest Wind Farm in the Southeast

Home to the Amazon Wind Farm U.S. East, the first coastal wind farm to be built in the Southeast and far larger than any other wind farm in the region, North Carolina offers tremendous potential for additional wind energy development.

In-state Lithium Resources

North Carolina’s diverse clean energy industry boasts 1,717 firms and more than 43,000 full-time equivalent jobs. Among these firms is the Kings Mountain District in North Carolina, which is the largest known and highest quality spodumene, aka hard rock lithium, deposit in the U.S.

Top Producer of EV Chip Components

Our labor force is 5.1 million people strong. Our workforce can supply you with manufacturing power and highly educated engineering prowess. In fact, more than 60% of the critical component silicon carbide (SiC) for EV chips are made in NC.

Top State for STEM Talent

North Carolina is home to more than 29,000 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math grads annually, ranking second for STEM grads in the Southeastern U.S. The state’s engineering workforce has grown 18% over the past five years, leading the nation for engineering job growth.

Leading the Charge to a Clean Energy Future

North Carolina is at the forefront of transitioning to a clean energy economy. Through legislation and bold action, the state has diversified its energy resource mix to include sustainable, low-cost energy sources. Learn more about North Carolina’s commitment to clean energy.

Industry Support

Commitment to EV Infrastructure
In 2019, Duke Energy proposed the largest investment in EV infrastructure ever in the Southeast -- $76 million to spur EV adoption across NC.
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Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster
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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FREEDM Systems Center
Dedicated to building a network of distributed energy resources that intelligently manages power using secure communications and advanced power electronics.
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Focus on Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL)
North Carolina, through NC State University, is a partner in the FAA’s ASSURE program (Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence) seeking ways to electronify aviation.
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