Newsday: EmPower Installs Largest Commercial Solar System on Long Island
Yesterday, Piece Management in New Hyde Park held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new photovoltaic system that was installed by EmPower Solar. Its 117 kW system is the largest commercial solar installation on Long Island. After extensive research, Piece Management selected EmPower Solar of Island Park to be its solar integrator. Read an excerpt from the Newsday feature below.
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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.
Piece Management Inc., a commercial renovation and construction company, worked with LIPA and contractor EmPower Solar to install a photovoltaic system that will help the company reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 92 tons during the year and reduce its electric expense by 75 percent, according to LIPA.
"It is not an easy decision to head down the road of green," said the company's president, Michael Sumersille. The primary reason for turning solar was to meet the demands of the company's clients, who are becoming increasingly environmentally conscious. These consumers would prefer to partner with other environmentally friendly companies. Sumersille sees solar power as a way to reduce the company's carbon footprint while making it more competitive in its arena. "The benefits greatly outweigh the costs," Sumersille said.
The system can generate 117 kilowatts of power at any one time. LIPA provided a rebate of $237,563 through its Solar Entrepreneur Program. The cost may be further reduced by federal and state tax incentives.
The system, which is large enough to power about 10 homes, is made up of more than 360 photovoltaic modules on the roof and took a crew of 10 about five days to install. Each module, consisting of the solar panel and its mounting system, is 75 inches by 43 inches and weighs 100 pounds, according to EmPower Solar chief executive David Schieren.
"EmPower believes solar is key to energy future," he said. "This technology will be dominant in the 21st century."
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