EmPower Solar Student Competition


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

The Competition has engaged hundreds of students from across Long Island and NYC, and awarded over $14,000 in scholarships.

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

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

Student Competition Friends & Family Discount





The 2015 Student Competition

Hofstra University logoThis year, the EmPower Solar Student Competition was co-hosted by Hofstra University. Three teams took home $6,000 in scholarship prizes to Hofstra University. Students are welcome to attend any one of their 140 undergraduate programs, including Engineering and Sustainable Studies. 


  • Alan Chen and Nora Koe of Herricks High School, New Hyde Park
  • Gracn Shin and James Daly of MacArthur High School, Levittown
  • Stephen Magliaro and Luke Legnosky of West Islip High School


A big thank you to out partners and guest judges for making this competition possible;  All Our Energy, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Citizens Climate Lobby, Green Inside & Out, Locally Long Island, Hofstra Univeristy, Operation SPLASH, Sustainable Long Island, Sustainability Institute at Molloy College, Town of Hempstead, and Vision Long Island. 



2014 - Liam Hofmeister and Sarah Walsh, Sayville, NY - Team Apollo Suns

2013 - Elaina Zodiatis, Smithtown HS East, and Jake Welde, Ward Melville HS - Team STATE

2011 -  Jon Spiegel 




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
President, TMBA
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