North Carolina's green jobs sector has grown to 14,800 jobs, an 18 percent increase in the past year, according to a Raleigh trade group for green tech industry.
More than 1,000 businesses and organizations are doing business in the clean energy sector in the state. Wake County has the most offices, 396, with Mecklenburg and Buncombe counties each hosting more than 200.
The N.C. Sustainable Energy Association released its annual green jobs census this afternoon at the group's annual conference in Raleigh. The trade group is also active in lobbying for support and subsidies, such as a state mandate requiring green energy production, that make such jobs possible.