FREE presents award at 34th Annual Celebration of Life Gala
Nov 11, 2011
by EmPower Solar
David G. Schieren, CEO of EmPower Solar, was honored to receive an award from FREE at the 34th Annual Celebration of life Gala held earlier this month. Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, a not-for-profit that provides community living for disabled people in Nassau and Suffolk counties, presented the award in recognition of David’s instrumental role in helping the organization implement the 800 kW solar project that is estimated to provide over $5.2 Million in savings over 25 years.
David was honored to share the award with the following co-honorees: Bob Catell – Chairman, Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC) at New York State University at Stony Brook. Kevin Law – President and Chief Executive Officer, Long Island Association. Michael Hervey – Chief Operating Officer, Long Island Power Authority. Yakov Shamesh – Vice President for Economic Development, Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Stony Brook University.
The FREE solar project, one of the largest investments in renewable energy on Long Island to date, converted 44 sites over to solar power, helping reduce annual utility expenses by 27 percent. The savings will allow FREE to focus its resources on increasing the quality of life for more than 3,000 people on Long Island through crucial “life services” and related social and educational programs.
“Reach high, achieve more. The Family Residences and Essential Enterprises credo resonates with EmPower. FREE is a remarkable and inspiring organization that provides vital services to our region. It demonstrates how organizations can play a key leadership role in cleaning the air and reducing dependence on fossil fuels, while making smart financial investments. They’ve inspired us to reach high and achieve more. Of course I accepted this award on behalf of my business partner and our COO Greg Sachs, and the entire EmPower team that took this project on with such gusto, determination and precision. “Moving Forward” David G. Schieren