Itron, an international energy technology firm, that operates in more than 100 countries and has an office in Raleigh, has committed $75,000 over three years to become a member of the board for the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster.

Itron becomes the 12th firm to become part of the board. Its corporate headquarters is located in Liberty Lake, Wash. 

A three-year commitment at $25,000 per year is required in order for a company to get a board seat, according to Lee Anne Nance, who is the cluster’s managing director.

Itron (Nasdaq: ITRI) offers a variety of solutions from smart grid and smart sensors to professional services. It has some 8,000 customers.

“Itron is a pioneer in technologies and partnerships that are changing the face of energy and water resource management globally,” Nance said. “The company’s expertise and connections to cleantech innovators around the world will be a tremendous asset as we work to build our cluster, our global brand and a more sustainable future.”

Russ Vanos, senior vice president of strategy and corporate development for Itron, added: “We look forward to contributing in a meaningful way to the development of this sector as well as work more closely with the people and organizations that are making significant advances in clean, smart, sustainable technology.”