EmPower Solar Student Competition

The EmPower Solar Student Competition encourages Long Island and NYC high school students to discover the benefits of solar power. The competition combines science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), and creative components to communicate their research. The Competition has engaged hundreds of students from across Long Island and NYC, and awarded over $8,000 in scholarships. EmPower Solar has sent the winning teams to the Solar Decathlon in Washington, DC and Irvine, CA. In 2014, the grand-prize is a trip to the Solar Decathlon in Versailles, France!

The 2014 Student Competition

The 2014 Competition asked teams to analyze the benefits of solar for a building in their community. Their entries included a mathematical analysis of the building's solar potential, a business letter to the building owner, and thirty-second video explaining why their team should go to the Solar Decathlon.

Over 115 students from 25 schools participated, and teams looked at a range of buildings - from homes, schools, hospitals, veterinary clinics, grocery stores, and even an ice skating rink!

You can view all student teams' entries on our Student Competition YouTube Channel. 


Stakes were particularly high in 2014 with a grand-prize trip to the Solar Decathlon in Versailles! The Solar Decathlon is an annual competition that is alternately hosted in the United States and countries around the world. The 2014 Decathlon in Versailles, France will have university teams from 16 countries exhibit 20 sustainable homes. The teams will compete in 10 categories, such as affordability, innovation, comfort, and engineering.


Solar Versailles - Bonjour ! from SD Europe on Vimeo.

Family Solar Night

The winners were announced at the Family Solar Night Awards Ceremony, hosted at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City. The top three teams each won scholarships to go toward their studies, and the second and third place teams will visit EmPower Solar's offices to get a behind-the-scenes look at the solar industry. The first place team, Apollo's Suns, will be going to Versailles this year!


EmPower Solar was proud to host one of the Decathlon's competition teams - Team Techstyle Haus - at Family Solar Night. Isby Lubin and Sam Zeif of Brown University shared information about their design process, and how photovoltaic solar power will provide even more energy than the home uses.


Freinds and family of participating students are eligible for a Solar Discount to EmPower their Long Island or NYC home! You can also view photos from Family Solar Night, watch a slideshow from the Awards Ceremony, and keep in touch on Facebook


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