North Carolina Green Jobs Grow 18% in One Year

The North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association has released its 2011 North Carolina Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Industries Census.

The 2011 Census shows that employment in the North Carolina clean energy sector grew 18% from 2010 to 2011. There are more than 1,000 firms employing 14,800 (full-time equivalent) employees in more than 2,000 physical offices across 87 North Carolina counties. This compares to 12,500 (full-time equivalent) employees in 2010.

The key findings of the report are:

  • North Carolina’s clean energy sector accounts for 14,800 full time equivalent (FTE) employees in 2011.
  • In 2011, the clean energy sector conservatively generated more than $3.1 billion in North Carolina annual gross revenue.
  • North Carolina’s clean energy sector grew by 18.4 percent
  • NCSEA conservatively estimates that at least 1,084 firms are currently conducting business in the clean energy sector in 2011.
  • Firms maintained a physical office in 87 of North Carolina’s 100 counties.
  • The North Carolina market was the final destination for the majority of firms’ services and products.

The NCSEA counts a green job as one in which the worker allocates at least half his or her time to renewable energy or energy efficiency, or a position that generates at least 50 percent of revenue from those two areas.

“One of the key findings of the 2011 census is that the clean energy sector in North Carolina is really a statewide sector. While we do find concentrations of specific technologies like Smart Grid in the Research Triangle, we have found that in addition to the major city hubs like Charlotte and Raleigh, there is an ever-increasing physical presence of firms in the clean energy sector in areas like Hickory, Boone and other areas,” said Rich Crowley, Manager of Market Research & Spatial Analysis for the NC Sustainable Energy Association.

Since 2008, (NCSEA) has conducted this annual statewide Census of firms identified as operating in the clean energy sector, with the intent of documenting ongoing employment trends and industry dynamics across key business activities and focuses. (Clean energy sectors included in the Census are: renewable energy, energy efficiency, high performance building, smart grid, and electric vehicles.) The North Carolina Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Industries Census and the resulting annual publication are a unique undertaking found nowhere else in the nation.