About

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
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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

Featured Speakers: General Wesley K. Clark (ret.)

General Wesley K. Clark, (ret.)

In 38 years of service in the United States Army, Wesley K. Clark rose to the rank of four-star general as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. Since retiring from the military in 2000, he has become an investment banker, businessman, commentator, author and teacher. In September 2003, he was a Democratic candidate for President of the United States, winning the state of Oklahoma and launching him to national prominence before returning to the private sector in February 2004. Clark has chaired several public and private companies and is a progressive leader in pursuing energy solutions.


Utility Leaders from the Southeast

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

  • Tom Fanning, Chairman, President, CEO, Southern Company
  • Lynn Good, President and CEO, Duke Energy
  • Bill Johnson, President and CEO, Tennessee Valley Authority

Jesse Berst, Founder and Chairman, Smart Cities Council

Jesse Berst

Jesse Berst is the founder and Chairman of the Smart Cities Council, a coalition of organizations that seeks to accelerate the move to smart cities with better livability, workability and sustainability.

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 projects.
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.

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

Friends of the Summit

United Solar Initiative, Inc.
Bloomberg New Energy Finance