About RTCC


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. 

RTCC works to ensure the region is recognized for its leadership in research, innovation and growth in the clean technology sector by leading a global marketing program, promoting cleantech business growth, and by engaging and convening cluster companies and partners. 



RTCC was formed by the Research Triangle Regional Partnership (a public-private partnership which leads marketing and strategic economic development coordination for North Carolina's Research Triangle Region) with funding from our board members – ABB Inc., Cisco Systems, Duke Energy, Field2Base Inc., Itron,  Piedmont Natural Gas, Power Analytics Corp., PowerSecure International, RTI International, SAS, Schneider Electric and Sensus. 

The Research Triangle Regional Partnership first identified cleantech as a priority target in 2009 as part of the region’s economic development strategy.

But the seeds of the region’s cleantech cluster were sown in 1954, when Westinghouse Corp. relocated its electricity metering division from New Jersey to Raleigh.

In the decades following, acquisitions brought to our region energy industry leaders that continue operations today – companies like ABB, Schneider Electric, Sensus and Siemens. While these global power leaders arrived and built regional operations, world-leading technology and data analytics leaders were being born and locating here as well. They include IBM, one of the first companies to locate in Research Triangle Park, Cisco, EMC, SAS and others.

This unique marriage of hardware and software provided the key building blocks for a cluster of companies capable of creating the intelligent infrastructure required to develop and manage clean, smart products, processes and services.

The breadth, depth and convergence of our region’s intelligent assets has propelled major technological advances in smart energy generation, distribution, management and consumer services, in particular, as well as cross-over areas of smart transportation and smart water.

Today, the region is home to hundreds of companies that cover the value chain in those sectors.


Organizational Structure 

Our organizational structure, leadership mix and institutional partnerships make us unique and bring a level of community engagement and collaboration that is transforming the region’s economy. 

A 9-member Board of Directors steers the work of the cluster while our Advisory Council of business, government, academic and nonprofit support partners provide industry knowledge and connections. 

Combined, this network of sector-leading industries and supportive professional services organizations provide invaluable input and strategic perspective about the industry and its future, both globally and in the region.


Program of Work

Our program of work, developed with our members and partners, seeks to extend and highlight regional strengths, create channels of collaboration and nurture opportunities for history-shaping innovation.

It calls for the RTCC to: 

  • Lead a marketing program that establishes and promotes the region’s brand position as a cleantech leader.
  • Facilitate programming that enables cleantech business growth, enhances our cleantech ecosystem and advances the global competitiveness of the region and our companies.
  • Act as lead convener of a robust network of cleantech industries and partner organizations that can deliver top-tier programming and meaningful engagement 

See our Program of Work and other publications here. 

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