EmPower Solar Student Competition


The EmPower Solar Student Competition challenges high school students to use STEM and creative components to analyze the potential for solar in their own communities.

The Competition has engaged hundreds of students from across Long Island and NYC, and awarded over $8,000 in scholarships.

EmPower Solar sends the winning team to the Solar Decathlon, which has been hosted in Washington, DC; Irvine, CA; and Versailles, France. 

 Hofstra University logo
This year, the EmPower Solar Student Competition is co-hosted by Hofstra University. Hofstra is offering $6,000 in scholarship prizes to the top three placing teams. Students are welcome to attend any one of their 140 undergraduate programs, including Engineering and Sustainable Studies. The Family Solar Night Awards Ceremony will be hosted at the university in July.

The 2015 Student Competition

The 2015 Competition asks teams to analyze the solar potential of a home or building in their community and share their findings. The project is broken down into three parts:

-  A mathematical analysis of the building's solar potential

-  A business letter to the building owner

-  A thirty-second video answering "What's possible with solar? 

A competition outline is available for reference.

Winners will receive scholarship prizes, intern-for-a-day opportunities, and a grand-prize trip to the 2015 Solar Decathlon in Irvine, California.

To participate, students in grades 9-12 can register in teams of two. Here is the registration form. Students, teachers, and parents are encouraged to contact studentsolarcomp@empower-solar.com for more information about the competition.

 Register for EmPower Solar Student Competition

The deadline to register for the 2015 Competition is April 15th.
All registered student teams will receive full instructions and templates upon registration deadline. Projects will be due May 29th.


Friends and family of participating students are eligible for a Solar Discount to EmPower their Long Island or NYC home!  

 Student Competition Friends & Family Discount

Past Competitions

Last year, over 115 students from 25 schools participated, and analyzed everything from homes, schools, hospitals, veterinary clinics, grocery stores, and even an ice skating rink! You can view the 2014 video entries on our view the 2014 video entries, photos from Family Solar Night, watch a slideshow from the Awards Ceremony, and keep in touch on Facebook



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