State Streets on Long Beach Battle It Out in Neighborhood Competition This summer in the West End of Long Beach, neighbors will collaborate to represent their “State Street” in a competition that hopes to strengthen the energy independence of the community. The State Street Energy Independence Day Contest will consist of a menu of energy-related activities that homes can choose from to earn points towards the street’s overall score. The first place prize is a $2,000 grant towards the street’s annual block party. Second place is $1,000, and third place is $500. Streets can also opt to use the grant for a community project or donation to a community organization.
Popular Bike Share Program Returns to Long Island for 2017 Social Bicycles is excited to announce the return of its celebrated bike share program to Long Beach, NY. To coincide with the unofficial start of summer, “SoBi Long Beach” sponsored locally by SunPower by EmPower Solar will have its official launch on Friday, May 26th, 2017 just in time for Memorial Day weekend. Some bicycles have already been deployed on the boardwalk, the LIRR station and throughout the city.
Designing and Building “Solar Ready” Seminar On Friday, April 28, local policy makers, and members of the Long Island building and design community came together to discuss a growing trend in new construction: building “Solar Ready.” Given ever rising energy prices and environmental concerns, demand has grown for more sustainable and energy efficient construction. Solar Ready principles help guide architects, engineers, and builders on how to design a building’s roof in a way that would allow for maximum energy production either from initial solar panel installation or future adoption. Some municipalities including the Town of Brookhaven have already adopted Solar Ready building requirements.
Connecticut firm named solar developer for LI schools New York State has awarded a potentially multimillion-dollar contract to a Connecticut company to be the approved installer of solar panels for Long Island schools.
Nassau Financial Federal Credit Union Launches New Solar Program SunPower by EmPower Solar partners with local credit union to launch first ever Long Island Solar Loan Program. This new program allows homeowners to go solar with no upfront cost and replace their existing electric bill with a fixed monthly payment that provides for immediate monthly savings of 30 percent or more.
Five Former Decathletes Who Became Entrepreneurs It’s no surprise that many of the top-notch students who have participated in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon go on to have successful careers in architecture and engineering. Some become collegiate professors, software engineers, analysts, energy consultants, and much more.
North Hempstead to host solar power event for residents
Property owners in unincorporated areas of North Hempstead Town will, for the rest of the year, be able to get free site assessments if they want to switch their homes or businesses to solar power.
The Solarize North Hempstead campaign kicks off at North Hempstead’s BeachFeast at noon on Sept. 17, where representatives of solar companies that have partnered with the town will be present to...
North Hempstead Announces the Launch of the New Solarize Campaign
North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth, the Town’s Office of Sustainability and the Town Board are proud to announce the launch of the Solarize North Hempstead campaign.
Through the Solarize campaign, the Town has partnered with New York State to identify solar companies that will provide free site assessments and special incentives and discounts to Town property owners. They will also educate property owners about the benefits of going solar, assist them with permitting, and provide the documents needed for tax rebates. The program is available to business and residential property owners in the unincorporated areas of the Town until December 31, 2016.
SunPower by EmPower Solar Offering SunPower Solar with Battery Storage to Residential Con Edison Customers
Opportunity for Homeowners to Participate in Nation’s Largest “Virtual Power Plant” Program, Designed to Make NY’s Power Grid More Reliable, Resilient and Sustainable
Beginning this summer, SunPower by EmPower Solar is offering high-efficiency SunPower solar power systems with battery storage to homeowners in the Con Edison service territory, as part of a pilot program designed to improve the reliability, resiliency and sustainability of New York’s utility grid.
Con Edison "Virtual Power Plant" Program Combines Solar and Storage to Improve Grid Resiliency SunPower and Sunverge to Offer Solar with Battery Storage to More Than 300 Homeowners; Largest Residential Distributed Energy Storage Program in the U.S.
SunPower by EmPower Solar Offering Nation’s First Fully Integrated Solar Solution to New York Homeowners with SunPower Equinox™: Delivering 70 Percent More Energy to Consumers with 70 Percent Fewer Visible Parts, Designed and Engineered by SunPower SunPower by EmPower Solar is now offering the SunPower Equinox™ system to New York homeowners. It is the first residential solar solution in the nation in which every major component has been designed and engineered by one company to work seamlessly together, delivering unbeatable power, long-term performance and curb appeal. With a typical SunPower Equinox installation, only the solar panels and a Smart Energy management device are visible, reflecting SunPower's minimalist architectural approach at the system level...
SunPower by EmPower Solar recognized for Excellence in Customer Service and Leadership: Earns Esteemed Building Inspectors Assoc. of Nassau County Industry Leadership Award and Angie’s List Super Service Award SunPower by EmPower Solar, who was recently named the only SunPower Master Dealer on Long Island, has earned two awards this month that reflect the company’s consistently high level of customer service and quality workmanship...
Oceanside Herald: The cost of going solar to rise Federal and state government low cost loans and tax incentives designed to help homeowners install solar energy are either going up in cost or going away beginning in February 2016.
LIBN: Keeping cold ones cold, for less Direct sunlight is terrible for beer – it triggers a chemical reaction that causes the brew to get “skunked.” But in powering a 1.5-megawatt rooftop photovoltaic system, the sun is helping one of the nation’s largest beer wholesalers cut its electricity costs by $300,000 per year. Clare Rose, a 75-year-old family-run business, distributes beer from major ...
LI Pulse: What Up, Sun? "The urge to go green is enticing because it not only saves money, but also helps our struggling climate by reducing dependence on oil-produced energy. Greg Sachs’ advice for homeowners looking into solar power: do your homework. He’s the COO for Island Park’s EmPower, a leading solar power system designer and installer. Many options—from the efficiency of the solar modules to financing choices—exist for residential solar systems. Sachs discussed some factors to look into."
The Corridor: Century of the Sun The Corridor's Spring 2015 issue features David Schieren, CEO of EmPower Solar. The interview reflects upon New York State's solar adoption rates, and the shift of our nation's infrastructure away from fossil fuels.
Newsday: Developers withdrawing a number of proposed solar projects
EmPower Solar's CEO David Schieren discusses some of the challenges that large commercial solar projects on Long Island face when integrating with the utility.
LIBN: Star Power
Long Island Business News highlights the job growth, attractive incentives, and economic returns of rooftop solar on Long Island.
EmPower Solar CEO David Schieren comments on EmPower's growing team, Solar Design Center, and anticipated installations for 2015.
LIBN: Solar Coaster EmPower Solar's CEO David Schieren is featured in LIBN.com's "Solar Coaster". The piece details how changing solar incentives indicate higher adoption rates and the overall health of the industry.
Solar Power World Ranks EmPower Solar Top Roof Contractor in New York State Solar Power World announced the Top 400 Solar Contractors for 2014, and EmPower Solar is proud to be the highest ranking Rooftop Contractor in New York State.
Locals Asked to Vote for Student Competition Participants EmPower Solar Student Competition participants have submitted their multi-faceted solar projects, and now it's time to engage the community. In an attempt to garner YouTube video "likes" for Riverhead and Shoreham-Wading River high schools, Riverhead News-Review asked for reader participation.
LIBN: Solar Jobs on the Rise Solar in New York continues to rise, catapulting the available jobs in the industry. As CEO David Schieren told Long Island Business News, EmPower Solar will continue to grow this year, catalyzed by great tax incentives and new financing options in our region.
EmPower Quoted in Barrett Repowering Article National Grid is looking to repower the E.F. Barrett Power Station, a nearly 60-year-old facility on Barnum's Channel, according to the Island Park Herald. The plan was recently presented to community residents and opinions varied.
Long Island Pulse Features 'The Green from Going Green' Long Island Pulse magazine discusses how solar power is good for the environment and your wallet in its February issue. As explained by EmPower Solar CEO David Schieren, solar power can eliminate or significantly reduce utility bills, and has saved our clients more than $3 million.
Newsday Highlights EmPower Solar Student Competition EmPower Solar is hostings its annual student competition, with Long Island and New York City high school students competing for an all-expense-paid-trip to the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 held in France.
Long Island Business News Talks Solar
Long Island Business News recently asked David Schieren, CEO of EmPower Solar, about the benefits of solar power for businesses and homeowners. Read an excerpt below, or the full article at the links to read his response addressing this growing industry.
EmPower Asks LIPA Not to Cut Green-Energy Programs EmPower Solar, among other solar-energy companies and an activist, attended a public hearing yesterday to request LIPA not reduce funding to green-energy programs on Long Island. As shared by Newsday, LIPA currently plans to reduce funding in 2014 by $26 million compared to 2013.
EmPower Breezy Solar Bank Featured in the News EmPower Solar teamed up with the Breezy Point Green Committee to offer an exclusive community program to this Sandy-battered area. The initiative helps fund a community solar installation while providing clean, affordable electricity to residents.
'ConEdison Customer Seeing Sunny Savings After Sandy'
ConEdison highlighted the EmPower Solar installation at Big Geyser in Queens on its website in the Newsroom. Read an excerpt below, or click the links to see the press release.
Big Geyser, a Con Edison customer in Maspeth, Queens, was about to install an energy–saving white roof and solar panels on its warehouse building when Hurricane Sandy struck.
EmPower Student Competition Winners in the News A team of teenage students who met through Avalon Park's STATE program has taken home the top prize in an essay and video contest sponsored by Island Park-based solar energy company EmPower Solar.
Beverage Distribution Giant Goes Fully Green
Big Geyser, a distributor of nonalcoholic beverages in Maspeth, has installed a 408-kilowatt solar-power system that is expected to produce enough power to meet all the company's energy needs.
"As long as the sun rises, this project yields an attractive and predictable return on our investment for at least the next 25 years," said Big Geyser's chief financial officer, Rich Richer, in a statement. "As a privately owned company, we can take the longer view and look for investments of this quality. We see a positive public benefit by reducing demand on the energy grid, as well as reducing our utility bills."
EmPower's Queens Installation Featured in the News
We're proud that a personal friend took the initiative to install a major solar array at the company where he serves as CFO, Big Geyser.
Big Geyser is a beverage distributor based in Queens, New York, that carries products from well known companies such as Vitaminwater, Apple and Eve, and Honest Tea. It sells to thousands of retailers in the NY Metro area.
LIPA Rebate & Solar Lease Addressed in Greentech Media New York's Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) has been tuning its solar rebate program -- and it's causing some friction between the utility, local installers, and national solar financiers.
LIPA Lifts Cap on Solar Rebates Continuing its commitment to advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy on Long Island, LIPA has announced a restructuring in its solar programs in order to continue to support solar growth on Long Island as well as sustain the solar industry. Since 2000 LIPA has provided financial incentives for the installation of over 6,500 solar roofs on Long Island through its customer-sided residential and commercial solar system programs.
EmPower Featured on NPR The benefits of home solar technology aren't news, but very few homeowners and businesses have it installed. A new group, Solarize Brooklyn, is helping people get over the hump of paperwork, bureaucracy, and subsidies, to make their own electricity.
EmPower Chosen to Solarize Brooklyn
Solarize Brooklyn is a group of neighbors working to bring cost-effective solar power to our neighborhoods on a large scale.
This summer, residents of Kensington, Windsor Terrace, Flatbush, and surrounding neighborhoods will have a unique opportunity to go solar thanks to a grass-roots program designed to bring cost-effective solar power to Brooklyn residents. Inspired by similar programs around the country, Solarize Brooklyn educates homeowners about the benefits of solar power while helping them save money on solar installations through community purchasing power. This is the first program of its kind in New York City.
LIBN quote EmPower leaders in article asking, "Can Microgrids Save LI?"
Much about NYIT’s budding “microgrid” initiative suggests the diminutive.
The miniature energy system will generate relatively low levels of electricity – a modest 100 kilowatts – and its projected $1.27 million sticker price is a pittance, at least as power plants go.
Greentech Media Highlights Major NY Solar Bill
Momentum is high for major solar legislation in New York State, but it’s a race to the finish to get it passed before lawmakers go home for the year.
The New York Solar Bill, which would enact a ten-year extension of Governor Cuomo’s successful NY-Sun Initiative, was reported out of the Assembly Ways and Means Committee yesterday and is headed to the Assembly floor for a vote. The Assembly is expected to bring the bill up for a vote in the next few days. A version of the bill already unanimously passed the Senate on Earth Day.
NY Solar Bill Close to Becoming Law After Hurricane Sandy Exposes Weak Power Grid Albany, NY – June 4, 2013 – Legislation to solidify New York’s solar leadership was successfully reported out of the Assembly Energy Committee late last week. Solar has gained increasing attention from state lawmakers following the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, which exposed New York’s energy infrastructure as grossly outdated and unable to weather the effects of climate change.
Town of Hempstead Supports EmPower's Student Competition Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray joins with EmPower Solar to announce their 2013 EmPower Solar Student Competition. The Island Park company is hosting an essay and video competition for Long Island and New York City High School Students to recognize the benefits of solar power through a multi-faceted competition that encompasses a combination of science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and creative components. The Town of Hempstead will host the competition awards announcement at its Energy Park in Point Lookout in August.
EmPower Solar and Cradle of Aviation Museum Educate Students on Solar Uniondale High School is implementing a Project-Based-Learning initiative with the Cradle of Aviation Museum. This is a new frontier in education that Dr. Florence Simmons, principal of Uniondale High School is determined to explore. She said, “Working directly with our community leaders our students will gain valuable experience in learning about all the benefits that can be derived from renewable energy”.
LIBN Highlights EmPower's Student Competition The company I work for, EmPower Solar, has a long history of engaging students in these studies. EmPower was born a decade ago out of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon – a collegiate team competition that encourages energy innovation and sustainable building principals. The company has worked with colleges around Long Island and New York City in building solar decathlon homes since 2003.
Student Solar Competition Featured on Long Beach Patch
One of our longstanding catchphrases at College Connection has been, Empowering Students. Destressing Parents.
LIBN Features Solar Lease If I told you I could make your LIPA bill disappear you would probably ask where I get my Kool-Aid. Evidently, it is hard to believe that power that comes from the sun can really be free.
Newsday Highlights New EmPower Employees Noel Ratner, of East Meadow, joins as controller. He previously held a similar position at Clear Skies Solar in Mineola. Zack Lerman joins as a commercial sales and business development associate. He previously served as project finance associate at Karbone Inc., in Manhattan, where he also resides.
Newsday: EmPower Recovering from Sandy
Both David Schieren and Greg Sachs, executives at EmPower Solar in Island Park, have seen storms come and go, but they never could have imagined the level of destruction Sandy would leave behind.
At the height of the storm, nearly three feet of water poured into their corporate offices from Long Beach Road, almost reaching desk level.
EmPower Solar Followup After Hurricane Sandy
We hope that everyone is safe and secure after this devastating storm. EmPower's headquarters, fleet and many employees were severely impacted, though everyone remains healthy and strong. Quite simply, water reached desk surface height in the office. We are still without water, electric and stable cell phone coverage. Currently, our team is primarily focused on restoring our operation.
However, several crews are out addressing emergencies and tending to a handful of hazardous conditions. Most are using personal vehicles, which are also facing unstable conditions due to the sea water and fuel shortage. If you have an emergency, and suspect there is a hazardous condition with your solar energy system, please let us know by contacting Michael Pagonis via phone or text to: (516) 650-4973 or email to: email@example.com. Or Tom Bussi: (516) 532-3916,
firstname.lastname@example.org. Tom and Mike are mostly operating off-site, however they remain in access to phone and internet in order to coordinate our service effort.
If any of the system components were submerged, we do recommend contacting us as soon as possible. If it is a non-emergency, but the system requires services, certainly please let us know.
Most importantly, we ask that everyone please bear with us; we are doing the very best we can right now. Our entire team is working very hard and we expect a much higher degree of functionality starting next Tuesday.
Moving forward, for both existing and new clients, EmPower will continue to service all existing systems, as well as repairs for your regular electrical system. We will also most certainly provide service and consultation regarding back up power solutions such as batteries and generators.
If you are a new client that is currently waiting on a quote from EmPower, please contact our Long Island Associate Ali DeCarlo via phone or text at 203-856-1202 or e-mail to: email@example.com. All NYC residents may contact our Associate Dylan Rolleri via phone or text at: 516-410-7182 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are already working with a Sales Representative, please be assured that they are working to follow up with you as soon as possible.
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Gregory D. Sachs, COO
VIDEO: EmPower Solar Helps Save Money While Saving the Earth David Schieren has turned his interest in solar power into a thriving company called EmPower Solar. The company installs solar panels on both residential homes and commercial businesses. Schieren, founder and CEO of EmPower Solar, talks about the journey the company has taken since it was founded in 2003. What started as a business with only a handful of clients in its first year has grown into one that does an average of 100 to 200 installations annually. "The most important aspect to our market has been, more than anything else, doing a good job for our clients," says Schieren.
Ecocentric Inteviews EmPower CEO David Schieren More than a decade ago, David Schieren decided to quit a well-paying Wall Street job and start his own solar power company. Based in Island Park, New York, EmPower Solar is today a successful business in the clean energy sector. An enthusiastic supporter of solar power, David has been a key participant in the clean energy park in the Town of Hempstead, NY and he is a co-founder of the Solar Decathlon Alumni Association.
Solar Programs Help Businesses Save Money Long Island commercial property owners have a new way to generate profits by installing or hosting a solar power plant thanks to the Long Island Power Authority’s recently launched solar feed-in-tariff program, the first of its kind in New York. The FIT program is structured such that LIPA will enter into a solar power purchase agreement with the project owner and pay a $0.22 fixed rate for every kilowatt-hour of renewable energy generated over a 20-year term. Businesses can also take advantage of significant tax benefits, including a 30 percent federal investment tax credit and accelerated depreciation.
VIDEO: EmPower Receives "Clean Energy" Award EmPower Solar was recently honored by Vision Long Island at the 2012 Smart Growth Awards where we received the "Clean Energy" award.
Queens Chronicle: Leasing Makes Solar Energy Systems More Affordable Solar energy, once thought to be out of reach for the average homeowner because of the perceived costs, is getting a second look thanks to new leasing options. Businesses and consumers seeking to reduce energy costs and do something good for the planet are choosing the solar lease as a smart way to finance solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.
Newsday: LIPA Expects Solar-paneled Homes to Double The Long Island Power Authority expects the number of local homes with solar panels to double over the next three years, to 10,000, as local solar industry officials on Friday gave their stamp of approval for a series of authority-sponsored programs to harness more power from the sun.
EmPower Installs Solar Arrays and EV Charging Stations in Huntington
If you build it, they will come.
That was the word from members of the Huntington Town Council Monday at a press conference to unveil a five-vehicle electric charging station at the South Parking Garage of the Long Island Railroad terminal in Huntington Station.
BlogTalkRadio: Invest & Save Money with Solar Panels
Wouldn't it be amazing to significantly reduce your energy bills, maybe even eliminate your electricity costs completely? Solar energy isn't just a short-lived fad, it's an great investment. ROI is seen immediately.
Catching on in popularity with home owners, businesses, and even non-profit organizations, reducing our dependence on fossil fuels saves money and creates a healthier future for our children while supporting American energy independence.
Listen in as Solar EmPower Sales Rep. Darren Galvani shares benefits, tips, and who is going solar!
LIBN: David Schieren Receives 40 Under 40 Award EmPower Solar Chief Executive Officer David Schieren became passionate about clean energy while working as an institutional equity adviser at Merrill Lynch a decade ago. “I was exposed to the damage caused by volatile energy prices on companies and entire economies, and simultaneously was working with high tech companies working on alternative energy,” he said.
Go Green with 12: Freeport Fire Department Goes Solar They save lives, and now the Freeport Fire Department is helping to save the planet. According to a Go Green with 12 News segment, Anchor Elizabeth Hashagen said the village will save about 20% per year on its fire house electric costs.
Newsday: Freeport Fire Department Goes Solar with EmPower Freeport Village officials on Monday unveiled a 50-kilowatt solar panel system at Freeport Fire Department headquarters, the first municipal building in the village to receive solar panels.
LIBN: CEO David Schieren Featured in Who's Who in Green David G. Schieren is CEO of EmPower Solar, a leading solar engineering and installation company serving Long Island's residential and commercial markets. Schieren co-founded the company in 2003 with the goal of empowering people to use clean energy to control energy costs, clean the air, end oil dependency and dramatically improve the standard of living.
Mangano: EmPower Solar is "Business of the Month" Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano recently showcased EmPower Solar as the Nassau County “Business of the Month” and toured their facility. EmPower Solar, an Island Park-based company, is a leading solar contracting corporation serving Long Island and New York City residential and commercial markets. EmPower Solar engineers and installs solar electric systems, in addition to installing solar charging stations for electric vehicles.
Newsday: Shining a Light on Solar Power Having majored in economics and Japanese at the University of Vermont, David G. Schieren started his career on Wall Street in equity sales, specializing in companies in Japan, which at the time, he says, “was a global leader in renewable energy technology.”
Newsday: LIPA Rebates Help FREE Go Solar One of Long Island's largest solar-energy installations, encompassing 45 separate photovoltaic systems, was completed recently with the help of $2.1 million in LIPA rebates.
LIBN Q&A with EmPower CEO David Schieren Long Island Business News took time to chat with EmPower Solar CEO David Schieren about his work in alternative energy, the biggest challenges facing his business, and the current market for solar on Long Island.
LIBN: CEO David Schieren Reacts to LIPA Rebate Freeze The LIPA rebates for residential solar systems on Long Island were fully subscribed as of October 1 for the rest of 2010. Long Island Business News spoke with solar contractors across Long Island for their take on what this means for the industry. EmPower Solar CEO David Schieren sees this as a definite positive.
EmPower and Piece Management Project Featured in Networking Magazine's Guide to Going Green Networking Magazine ("Who's Who and What's What for Enterprising Executives") publishes a "Guide to Going Green" in each bimonthly issue. This month's spotlight is on EmPower's recent success in completing the largest privately funded solar powered project on Long Island: Piece Management Inc.
Newsday: EmPower Installs Largest Commercial Solar System on Long Island A green ribbon was cut Monday at a New Hyde Park facility to celebrate the unveiling of a $734,000 commercial solar-power system, the largest under The Long Island Power Authority's solar rebate program.
LIBN: Solar Project Fires up in New Hyde Park Executives from the Long Island Power Authority, Empower Solar and Piece Management on Monday unveiled one of the area’s biggest solar panel projects.
EmPower appears in News 12 Feature
EmPower is sponsoring the Long Beach Go Green Festival this weekend. As part of the festival, on Saturday, EmPower's CEO David Schieren will appear in a "Living Green" panel discussion hosted by Alan Colmes, formerly of Hannity & Colmes. The festival will feature a sand sculpture competition, an appearance by Alexa Ray Joel, and fashion shows.
If you watch this News12 clip on the event you can see the EmPower logo carved into the sand (0:40).
Newsday: Voices of Long Island "The renewable-energy industry has got to sustain itself. Equipment prices are coming down, and we’re getting additional incentives as far as tax credits. We’ll accelerate our business in the sector. Today, I’m in Long Beach. The only thing I see all day are oil tankers. What’s the difference if there are wind turbines in the water? Of course we’d like to see the power plants all shut down, if what the government is striving for is a totally sustainable renewable economy."
National Building Museum Video EmPower's CEO David Schieren appeared in a National Building Museum Video honoring Civic Innovators. As an alumnus, David speaks about the power of the Solar Decathlon and how it impacted participants. (David first appears at 07:40.)
Newsday: NYIT studying electric cars' future on LI The carports designed and installed by EmPower are featured in Newsday.
LI News Tonight: Solar Carport The New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury has a refueling station right on its campus. But no gasoline is involved. EmPower's CTO Greg Sachs speaks to Stephanie Powers.