North Carolina's Distinct Energy Advantages

North Carolina’s strong commitment to developing and growing a green energy economy has led us to have the first and only Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard in the Southeast. That, along with some of the best tax credits for renewable energy in the nation, has helped N.C. assume a leadership position in the industry. We are actively pursuing a sustainable energy future to ensure that the green energy industry always Thrives in North Carolina.


> 1,000 Companies / 12,500 Employees

More than 1,000 companies participate in the renewable energy and energy efficiency supply chains, employing 12,500 North Carolinians.

Energy Efficient Homes

Employment in the renewable and efficiency industries increased 22% in 2009, and anticipates an additional 20% growth over the next 12 months.

Renewable Energy

The first and only state in the southeastern U.S. to enact a mandatory Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard.

Solar Panels in the Sun

In the first three quarters of 2010, the state rose in rankings to 9th place in the nation for solar PV energy systems, with 14 megawatts installed. The state now supplies 2.6% of all the solar energy in the nation, increasing its contribution by 75% (just in the first three quarters).

State Map of North Carolina

Renewable and energy efficiency firms maintain a presence in all 100 counties of the state.

Natural Windmill

Identified by NREL as having the largest offshore wind resource of any state on the Atlantic Coast, we are also blessed with abundant sun exposure for solar systems, plentiful natural resources for biofuels and excellent coastal onshore wind resources.

A Quality of Life That Attracts Talent
North Carolina's Energy Workforce
From our moderate climate with excellent recreational opportunities to our culture-rich history and a low cost of living, North Carolina has what people are looking for to Thrive.

  • A moderate climate
  • A culture rich in history and the arts
  • World-class sports events
  • Recreational opportunities
  • Quality health care
  • Low cost of living—housing, utilities, supplies and groceries, transportation and health care are all below the national average
  • Low construction costs
  • Diverse educational opportunities and jobs available

The low cost of living in North Carolina makes it easier for our residents to take part in and enjoy all the great things that this state has to offer.