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NCSEA Announces 2012 NC Clean Energy Industries Census

October 10, 2012 10:00 PM | Posted By: Rich Crowley, Director of Market Research & Spatial Analysis & Julie Robinson, Director of Government Affairs

North Carolina’s economy continues to recover from the recession with our unemployment rate above the national rate. However, the good news is that several sectors, including clean energy, are hiring employees, expanding their businesses, and pumping millions into local economies in every region of our state.  These and other important economic findings are detailed in the newly released 2012 North Carolina Clean Energy Industries Census.  Retaining and creating jobs and fostering new economic development opportunities must continue to be a top priority for all North Carolinians, especially businesses and policymakers – and the clean energy sector holds great promise and opportunities if we maintain a balance of pro-business policies and regulations.

Click here to download the 2012 NC Clean Energy Industries Census.


NCSEA, McKinsey, Solar Center Talk Economic Development at Southern Solar Summit

June 28, 2011 2:00 PM | Posted By: Ivan Urlaub, Executive Director

A sold out auditorium of mostly Georgia and Southeast business leaders, legislators, regulators, utilities, researchers and investors packed the Georgia Tech Research Institute last Friday, June 24 for the 2011 Southern Solar Summit.  The event focused on how the solar market and industry can scale up in Georgia and across the Southeast.  The number one take-away from this conference:  there is no “free market” when it comes to electricity and solar power, so the solar industry cannot have a viable market growth opportunity without policy and regulatory change – no matter how much further the cost of solar falls over the coming months and years.

As part of a panel on economic development, NCSEA’s Executive Director, Ivan Urlaub presented North Carolina’s progress in...


North Carolina's Solar Employment and the National Picture

October 15, 2010 1:00 PM | Posted By: Rich Crowley, Director of Market Research & Spatial Analysis

This week, NCSEA released the results of the 2010 North Carolina Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Industries Census.  One of the findings was that there are likely over 1,350 full time equivalent (FTEs) solar professionals working in North Carolina.  The Solar Foundation also recently released their National Solar Jobs Census 2010, in which they reported there are over 93,000 workers in the United States that spend over half their time supporting solar activities.  North Carolina was ranked 14th in the United States for solar employment, supporting 1% to 2% of all national solar jobs.

NCSEA's methodology for estimating jobs is different, and more conservative, than the Solar Foundation's method.Anchor  Despite these differences in methodology, the Solar Foundation estimate of 1% to 2% of all national solar jobs being in North Carolina appears to be a reasonable, if not slightly low estimate based on the results from NCSEA's 2010 North Carolina Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Industries Census - which reported solar FTEs equivalent to 1.5% of the Solar Foundation’s national total.


Census Participants Assess North Carolinas Prospects in the Renewable and Efficiency Arenas

September 24, 2010 10:00 AM | Posted By: Rich Crowley, Director of Market Research & Spatial Analysis

This past July and August NCSEA administered the Annual North Carolina Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Industries Census.  The Census was distributed to over 1,000 North Carolina companies.  Over 50% of the companies took the time to send in their completed census and comments, and another 25% contacted NCSEA to let us know they were unable to participate this year.

Over the next several weeks as the census report is being written, NCSEA is pleased to be able to share some important trends that we are seeing.  Please make sure to check back in late October for the final Census report which will include detailed breakdowns and analysis of these trends, as well as the employment and revenue impacts of renewable energy and energy efficiency industries in North Carolina over the past year.

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