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Trade group: NC’s green economy jobs grew 20 percent last year

Jobs in North Carolina’s clean tech sector grew by 20 percent in 2013 according to an annual census issued this week by the N.C. Sustainable Energy Association, a Raleigh trade and lobbying organization.

The group reported 18,404 full-time equivalent positions in North Carolina in the sector, which includes solar, wind, biomass, hydroelectric, goethermal, smart grid, energy efficiency, building sciences, energy storage and alternate fuels.

More than 10,000 of these “green collar” jobs are in the Triangle, the group’s report said. The second-highest concentration is in the Charlotte region, which has just under 2,300 clean tech jobs.

Nearly half are at companies that specialize in smart grid, solar energy and biomass facility work, which includes research, development, installation and manufacturing, the group said.

The N.C. Sustainable Energy Association did not name the companies and businesses that produced the jobs, citing corporate privacy.

The organization said that its 2013 job statistics represent about 570 companies that responded to the annual census, or 52 percent of North Carolina’s clean tech sector. The group said its census does not estimate or extrapolate from the partial response but only reports the data surveyed.

Staff writer John Murawski

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