EmPower Solar Student Competition

Hofstra University logoThe 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.

This year, the EmPower Solar Student Competition is co-hosted by Hofstra University. Hostra 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

Register for EmPower Solar Student CompetitionThe 2015 Competition asks teams to analyze the benefits of solar for a home or building in their community. Entries will include a mathematical analysis of the building's solar potential, a business letter to the building owner, and thirty-second video answering "What's possible with solar?". Winners will receive scholarship prizes, intern-for-a-day opportunities, and a grand-prize trip to the 2015 Solar Decathlon in Irvine, California.

Student Competition Friends & Family DiscountTo participate, please fill out our online registration form. Students, teachers, and parents are encouraged to contact studentsolarcomp@empower-solar.com for more information about the competition.

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


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


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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