EmPower Solar Student Competition

The 2014 Student Competition is well under way! This year, we are thrilled to have 67 student teams participating in the competition, spanning from Bridgehampton to the Bronx. 


We’ll be sharing each team’s video entry on our Student Competition YouTube playlist. Teams earn points for their video entry based on the number of “likes”, so be sure to vote for your favorite!

Entries due by 5pm on Friday, April 11

Competition Instructions
Parent Permission Form
Glossary of Terms
Refer Family & Friends

Winners will be announced at Family Solar Night at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in May.

  Annual EmPower Solar Student Competition


EmPower Solar was founded in 2003 while working on a U.S. DOE Solar Decathlon project, and remains active in the solar decathlon as an alumni member. We attend the solar decathlon competition every year, and also use it as the foundation of our annual EmPower Solar Student Competition.

The EmPower Solar Student Competition encourages Long Island and New York City high school students to discover and communicate the benefits of solar power through a multi-faceted competition combining science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), and creative components. Our competitions have engaged thousands of students across Long Island and New York City, and awarded over $8,000 in scholarships and grants. We have sent the winning teams to the Solar Decathlon in Washington, DC and Irvine, California. This year, in 2014, we are sending the winning team to the International Solar Decathlon in Versailles, France.

Take a look back at 2013.


Find out who won in 2013! Visit our blog. Or, watch a video on Family Solar Night where the winners were announced. 

About Solar Decathlon Europe

On Oct. 18, 2007, the Spanish and U.S. governments signed a memorandum of understanding to create Solar Decathlon Europe, a complementary competition to the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. Spain hosted the first two of these competitions in 2010 and 2012. In 2014, Solar Decathlon Europe will move north to France. Learn more here.



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