The Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster is the 2nd-Fastest Growing Cluster in the U.S.

The Research Triangle Region of North Carolina is home to more than 350 companies and thousands of employees working in interrelated areas of smart grid, smart water and smart transportation. The cleantech cluster in the Triangle Region is exploding; predicted to grow 24% in the next 5 years compared to the national average of 6.7%. Join the growth.

Regional Cleantech Growth


Cleantech Patents per Million Residents


Fastest Growing Cluster in the U.S.


Cleantech Companies


Cleantech Jobs

Why Here?

  • We have an expansive number of specialty centers focused on cleantech R&D: 4 smart energy research centers, 4 electric vehicle research centers, 17 water research and policy centers, 16 entrepreneurial support organizations
  • Cree was awarded Most Innovative Company in Energy by Fast Company due to its creation of the first $10 LED bulb and an entire line of consumer LED lighting
  • N.C.S.U.’s FREEDM Systems Center is becoming the “internet for energy” by transforming the nation’s electric power grid into a smart grid that stores and distributes renewable energy produced from solar panels and wind farms
  • Chatham Park, a 7,000-plus-acre live-work-and-play community in a rural part of our region, is being developed as a global smart city model, using technologies, products, and services developed in the region
  • Cary in Wake County is quickly gaining acclaim for its SAS-and-Sensus technology-enabled water system that remotely monitors residents’ water usage and sends texts alerts when usage spikes

Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster

The Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC) is an industry-funded, industry-led initiative of business, government, academic and nonprofit leaders focused on accelerating cleantech innovation and our cleantech economy. Visit their website to learn more.