North Carolina State University Solar

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North Carolina State University Solar

Constructed by the College of Engineering, the NCSU Solar House serves as a demonstration and research facility and is the headquarter for the information and education activities of the N.C. Solar Center. Free admission. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9am-1pm, 2-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm, except holiday weekends; reservations preferred. Group tours must be scheduled in advance.


Created in 1988, the North Carolina Solar Center originally focused on solar energy. Over the years, the "Solar Center" has grown and expanded and serves as a clearinghouse for renewable energy programs, information, research, technical assistance, and training for the citizens of North Carolina and beyond. Through its programs and services, the Solar Center seeks to stabilize energy costs for consumers, stimulate local economies, reduce dependence on foreign fuels, and mitigate the environmental impacts associated with fossil fuels.

By capitalizing on its close ties with the state government of North Carolina, North Carolina State University, the renewable energy industry, and various non-profit organizations, the Solar Center has developed into one of the premier renewable energy centers in the United States. The Solar Center is sponsored by the N.C. Department of Administration's State Energy Office, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the North Carolina Solar Center Foundation. The Solar Center is operated by the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University.

Through its many facilities and programs, the North Carolina Solar Center plays an important role in attracting, training and sustaining the state’s innovative energy businesses and workforce. The Solar Center provides workforce training, curriculum, demonstration and testing of new products, technical assistance, financial analysis and industrial recruitment services that significantly benefit firms in North Carolina.

The North Carolina Solar Center also offers technical assistance and educational services in the following areas:

Technical assistance:

  • Renewable energy
  • Industrial efficiency
  • High performance/Green building
  • Clean transportation/alternative fuels.

Educational and other assistance:

  • Energy incentives and policy (DSIRE)
  • Economic development
  • ISPQ accredited training programs and professional development
  • K-12, community college and university.
1201 Gorman St, N.C. State University
Contact Info
919.515.7085, 800.336.2786

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