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The 2nd annual NC Clean Tech Summit will bring together professionals in business, policy and academia from across the state for two days of problem-solving and planning to foster leadership and growth in North Carolina's Clean Tech industry.

Hosted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Institute for the Environment and Kenan-Flagler's Center for Sustainable Enterprise, the Summit promises to highlight the industry's latest innovations, trends and challenges, with an eye on our future competitiveness.

Conference Themes

  • The Military and Renewable Energy: Leading the Way to a Clean Energy Economy
  • Smart Cities and Sustainable Communities: Leveraging Technology to Improve Quality of Life
  • The Future of Electricity in the Southeastern United States

For Students

One of the unique aspects of the Summit is the opportunity for students from UNC and other universities to engage with clean tech industry leaders. The Summit will feature special student breakout sessions on careers in clean tech and renewable energy and graduate opportunities in clean tech and sustainability. Check out the planned student events

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Featured Speakers

National and State Military Leaders

General Wesley K. Clark, (ret.)

General Wesley K. Clark, (ret.)

Colonel Jeffrey Sanborn

Colonel Jeffrey Sanborn
Fort Bragg Garrison Commander

Richard Kidd

Richard Kidd
Deputy Assistant Secretary, US Army

Utility Leaders from the Southeast

Industry executives will participate in a keynote panel exploring how electricity providers adapt to a changing industry.

Tom Fanning

Tom Fanning
Chairman, President and CEO, Southern Company

Lynn Good

Lynn Good
President and CEO, Duke Energy

Bill Johnson

Bill Johnson
President and CEO, Tennessee Valley Authority

Experts in Smart Cities, Smart Grid, and Sustainability

Jesse Berst

Jesse Berst
Founder and Chairman of the Smart Cities Council

Becky Harrison

Becky Harrison
CEO of GridWise Alliance

David Ozment

David Ozment
Senior Director of Energy, Wal-Mart

Thank You to Our 2015 Sponsors:

Gold Sponsors

Duke Energy is the largest electric power holding company in the United States,
supplying and delivering energy to approximately 7.2 million U.S. customers.
Birdseye Renewable Energy provides turn-key financing, development, and operation of commercial and utility scale renewable energy
Strata Solar is a turn-key solar provider.  With over 300 MW installed and more
than a gigawatt under development – Strata Solar ranks among the top solar providers in America.
Southern Company's regulated electric utilities serve a 120,000-square-mile territory in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi.
Our competitive generation business extends to markets in six southeastern states.
Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster

Silver Sponsors

ABB is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve
performance while lowering environmental impact.
ScottMadden is
the management consulting firm that does what it takes to get it done right. Our practice areas include Energy, Clean Tech & Sustainability,
and Corporate & Shared Services. We deliver a broad array of consulting services ranging from strategic planning through implementation
across many industries, business units, and functions.
Fifth Third Bank
O2 Energies
Parker Poe is among the most well-respected regional law firms in the United States. For more than a century, attorneys in the firm have represented many of the region’s largest local governments and companies in corporate, finance, regulatory, real estate and litigation matters.
Sungevity is a global solar electricity company based in Oakland, California. Founded in 2007, it was the first American solar company to design residential solar energy systems remotely over the Internet, using satellite imagery.
First Solar

Friends of the Summit

United Solar Initiative, Inc.
NC Sustainable Energy Association
UNC Center for Law, Environment, Adaptation and Resources
UNC Sustainability Office
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Utility Dive
Double Time Capital
Innovate Carolina
NC Clean Energy Business Alliance (NCCEBA)
UNC Environmental Finance Center