FREE Multi-Site Project
LIPA, Family Residences and Essential Enterprises (FREE) and EmPower Solar partnered on the largest photovoltaic (PV) installation for a non-profit organization on Long Island. EmPower installed solar at 40 residential and 4 commercial facilities across Nassau and Suffolk county for FREE.
The work was completed by April, 2011. The 44 PV systems total almost 800 kilowatts (kW) and will produce approximately 1,018,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity annually, reducing utility expenses by 27 percent per year. FREE now has the ability to reinvest the savings into programs geared toward improving the quality of life for individuals with mental and developmental disabilities.
The complexity and scale of the FREE project has gained national recognition from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Solar Electric Power Association(SEPA).
There are many reasons why the project was successful. All the entities involved were fully invested in a positive outcome.
Some Keys To The Project’s Success
1. Big Picture: Always Keeping The End In Mind
2. Comprehensive Site Assessments
3. Robust Upfront Cost/Benefit Analysis
4. Effective Financing
5. Highly Coordinated Project Management with Dedicated Account Management Team