About the N.C. Solar Center

The North Carolina Solar Center, at N.C. State University, advances a sustainable energy economy by educating, demonstrating and providing support for clean energy technologies, practices, and policies. The N.C. Solar Center serves as a resource for innovative, clean energy technologies through demonstration, technical assistance, outreach and training. It also administers the Database of Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE), a resource providing financial incentives and policies.


Major Milestones


1981 NCSU Solar House dedicated by Governor Jim Hunt

1981 Solar House research program initiated

1988 NC Solar Center dedicated and begins operation

1988 Solar Center dedicated; begins operations

1988 Solar technical program begins

1993 Solar thermal testing begins

1995 Solar Center begins Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE).

1996 NCSU grants Solar Center use of research annex for solar R&D purposes

1996 Solar Center begins commercial/industrial program

1997 Rotary International funds Solar Center PV program in Bolivia

1997 Solar photovoltaic testing begins

1998 Solar Center begins electric vehicle program

1999 Solar Center becomes state coordinator of federal Million Solar Roofs Initiative (MSRI)

2003 Solar Center’s wind program begins

2003 Solar Center’s Alternative Fuel Vehicle garage built adjacent to NCSU Solar House, establishing the Center’s alternative fuel/clean transportation and biofuels program

2004 Solar Center begins 2004 Renewable Energy Technology Diploma Series & establishes Workforce Development/Training program

2009 Solar Center establishes Energy Policy Program

2009 Solar Center establishes U.S. Department of Energy Southeastern Clean Energy Application Center

2009 Solar Center completes Micro-Combined Heat & Power (CHP) demonstration

2012 Solar Center begins Certificate in Renewable Energy Management

2012 Solar Center helps create the first Southeastern Coastal Wind Conference

2012 Solar Center establishes North Carolina CHP Initiative

2013 Solar Center establishes Boiler MACT technical assistance program



1983 and 1985 Proclamations from the Governor (Hunt and Martin)

1984 Solar House receives U.S. Dept Energy Award for Energy Innovation

1991 Solar Center wins National Environmental Achievement Award from Renew America

1991 National Environmental Awards Council Environmental Success Index

1994, 1999, 2005 Interstate Renewable Council Renewable Energy (IREC) Recognition

1996 Certificate of Environmental Achievement by the National Awards of Environmental Sustainability

1998 NEAT EV Rally Participant

2002 NCSEA Recognition NC Green Power Formation

2004 NC sustainability Award – presented by Sustainable NC

2005 Best Sustainable Practice Award – presented by the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council

2005  Interstate Renewable Council Renewable Energy Innovation award- for the Renewable Energy Technology Diploma Series

2010 “Green Award” for best Educational Program (Green Buildings) – presented by the Triangle Business Journal

2010 Southern Energy Expo 10 year participant Award

2010 Clean Air Champion Award (for Clean Transportation Program)- presented by U.S. EPA Region 4

2011 Green Education Program of the Year (Clean Transportation) – presented by the Triangle Business Journal

U.S. Department of Energy Million Solar Roofs Best Progress Award for the SE Region