FREE Multi-Site Project


"LIPA was pleased to workwith both FREE and EmPower Solar in one of the biggest investments in solar and renewable energy in the state of New York" 

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.


"I can't think of another vendor who I enjoyed working with as much as EmPower.  They are knowledgeable, respectful and deliver what they say." 
-Steven Greenfield, Coordinator of Special Projects, FREE

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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).

This past February, members from FREE, LIPA, and EmPower Solar were presented with the Photovoltaic Projects of Distinction Award. The prestigious award was one of three and recognizes major achievements in the U.S. solar energy market that have been accomplished by individuals, teams and companies. 


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

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TMBA is an engineering-driven firm. We were looking for a highly technical installation with a quality of support that would assure us that the system would produce value over an extended period of time. In our opinion, EmPower was the only bidder that really met that requirement. Ted Bier
President, TMBA
Commercial Client