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Thank You to our 2017 Sponsors


Summit Sponsors

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Cypress Creek Renewables is a national provider of local solar with well over $1.5 billion raised and invested and over 4 gigawatts of local solar farms deployed or in development.We partner with communities and utilities to provide widespread access to clean energy. As the fastest-growing developer of local solar farms, our development methodology is proven by one of the most experienced teams ever assembled.
Wells Fargo & Company is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial financial services. We’re headquartered in San Francisco, but we’re decentralized so every local Wells Fargo store is a headquarters for satisfying our customers’ financial needs and helping them succeed financially.

Gold Sponsors

Birdseye Renewable Energy was founded in 2009 by Brian Bednar, LEED AP which specializes in developing commercial and utility scale Renewable Energy Generation Projects. Birdseye is a solutions-driven company that believes it is our responsibility to create the best possible renewable energy business case for our hosts, clients, and investors.
Cherokee is an investment company that blends capital with creativity, experience and resolve to provide superior financial, environmental and social returns for investors, partners and communities. Cherokee invests both private equity and venture capital to create value for all involved.
Duke Energy is one of the largest electric power holding companies in the United States, supplying and delivering electricity to approximately 7.4 million U.S. customers. We have approximately 52,700 megawatts of electric generating capacity in the Carolinas, the Midwest and Florida – and natural gas distribution services serving more than 1.5 million customers in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and the Carolinas. Our commercial and international businesses own and operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a portfolio of renewable energy assets.
The Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC) is an initiative of business, government, academic and nonprofit leaders focused on accelerating the growth of the Research Triangle Region’s cleantech economy.
We promote collaboration and partnership which drives innovation and sector growth and creates competitive advantage for both companies and the region by concentrating resources on a single vision and plan to advance company growth and attract cleantech investment.
Southern Company is a leading U.S. producer of clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy, Southern Company owns electric utilities in four states, natural gas distribution utilities in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a nationally recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications.
Strata Solar is a turnkey solar provider, which ranks it among the top ten solar providers in America.
We offer Project Development, Engineering, Procurement, Construction, Operations, Maintenance and Financing.
Our mission is to make a difference by developing cost efficient alternatives to traditional energy sources, without long-term dependence on government subsidies.

Silver Sponsors

ABB is a pioneering technology leader that is writing the future of industrial digitalization. For more than four decades, we have been at the forefront, innovating digitally connected and enabled industrial equipment and systems. Every day, we drive efficiency, safety and productivity in utilities, industry, transport and infrastructure globally. With a heritage spanning more than 130 years, ABB operates in more than 100 countries and employs around 132,000 people.
Double Time Capital – We create opportunities to participate in and shape the emergence of clean, smart and profitable energy that is transforming America’s energy landscape.
We aspire to create compelling economic returns while strengthening communities, building the new economy and advancing America’s national security and energy independence. We are a values-based business with a focus on integrity, relationships, diligence, and excellence in what we do.
The Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise fosters mutual understanding and appreciation between members of the private enterprise sector, the academic community, and their government, and to encourage cooperative efforts among these groups.
Lee Moore Capital Company-Our company invests and holds income-producing properties in a target market. Our long-term success and deep market knowledge in this region informs our ability to be on the leading edge of the real estate growth cycle. And since Lee-Moore Capital invests in its own real estate holdings, co-investors are confident their money is well-managed.
Restoration Systems LLC – Restoration Systems is a leading turn-key environmental restoration and mitigation banking firm with more than 50 mitigation banks and restoration sites in nine states. Our ecologically beneficial activities are funded by the sale of compensatory ‘mitigation credits’ required by state and federal agencies that regulate development in sensitive areas.
ScottMadden – Across our practice areas, which include Energy, Clean Tech & Sustainability, Corporate & Shared Services, and Grid Transformation, we deliver a broad array of consulting services ranging from strategic planning through implementation to improving operations, all led by the vision of our partners and the capabilities of our consultants.

Bronze Sponsors

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First Solar North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association
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OrganicAmi UNC Center for European Studies
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UNC Kenan-Flagler Energy Center

Carolina Partners

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Center for Climate, Energy, Environment & Economics UNC Curriculum in Environment and Ecology
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UNC Environmental Finance Center