Driving Innovation In
Smart Grid Technologies
Welcome to Wake County; the Smart Grid Capital of the World. A bold statement for sure, but it‘s one that’s backed up by dozens of companies that employ thousands of people. Collectively, these smart grid firms invest tens of millions of dollars annually on research, development, and implementation of new enabling technologies. Our community’s success didn’t happen overnight, and it’s not just focused on smart grid technologies. Wake County is part of a larger concentration of cleantech companies found in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Region that includes renewable energy and energy efficiency companies, plus a growing collection of businesses and assets engaged in advanced transportation and water technologies. In 2011, recognizing the area’s impressive industry growth, the International Cleantech Network invited the Research Triangle Region to become one of only 15 members in the exclusive global organization.
Three factors are driving Wake County’s expanding smart grid cluster: an unmatched roster of smart grid companies; a significant set of industry resources; and an impressive supply of technically trained people.
Wake County and the Research Triangle Region of North Carolina are home to more than 50 smart grid companies, including many of the industry's heavy lifters. Take a tour of the region's companies by clicking the link below.
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