NCSEA recognizes leading contributors to North Carolina’s clean energy success story at 6th annual conference

The North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA), a leading 501(c)3 nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization dedicated to shaping the state’s clean and efficient energy future, recognizes nine business leaders, community members, policymakers and organizations for their ongoing contributions to elevating North Carolina’s role as a clean energy leader through its annual Clean Energy Awards. Recipients were applauded at a Wed., Oct. 1 luncheon event during NCSEA’s Making Energy Work Conference at the Charlotte Convention Center, where hundreds of energy stakeholders gathered to discuss the latest information, solutions and technologies impacting a secure energy future and how clean energy plays a role in a globally competitive economy.


Presented annually since 2005, the NCSEA Clean Energy Awards highlight leaders who demonstrate outstanding willingness to commit time, effort and leadership to expanding North Carolina’s clean energy portfolio and enhancing job growth and economic investments throughout the state. The 2014 Clean Energy Award recipients include:

  • Dr. Robert Kroger, NC GreenPower – Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Greg Merritt, Cree, Inc. – Clean Energy Business Innovation Award
  • Jonathan Gross, CohnReznickClean Energy Business Leadership Award
  • Matthew Johnson, Brightfield Transportation Solutions – Clean Energy Community Initiative Award
  • Maria O’Farrell & Lyra Rakusin, NC Clean Energy Technology Center – Clean Energy Community Leadership Award
  • Sen. Wesley Meredith – Legislator of the Year
  • Rep. Charles Jeter – Clean Energy Emerging Leader
  • Rep. Ruth Samuelson – Excellence in Public Policy
  • Richard Harkrader, Carolina Solar Energy – Leadership Award

“Through their leadership and commitment, this year’s Clean Energy Award winners have been instrumental in helping to accelerate the rate of clean energy adoption and acceptance, and motivating North Carolina’s progress as a national clean energy hub, competing with the likes of California, Texas, New York and Massachusetts,” said Ivan Urlaub, NCSEA’s executive director. “Because of the dedicated collaboration and innovation of these individuals, North Carolina is quickly becoming a model for how business, industry and community can work together to achieve an abundant clean energy and energy-efficient ecosystem that sustains growth.”

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