Net Zero and Solar Ready

Building "Solar Ready"

Rebuilding to be "Solar Ready" 

Solar power guarantees a positive return on investment, provides a more reliable electric grid, and will generate clean energy for years to come. Planning early, and incorporating "solar ready" concepts in the beginning can have a big impact when it comes to long term savings and system performance. 

When working with an architect or builder, request that the roof is facing south at an optimal orientation (180 degrees, 30-degree pitch), obstructions like chimneys and vents are placed near one another, and leave maximum contiguous roof space for solar panels. 

Commercial builders can also plan for solar. When considering roof surface, leaving ample space for panels, and consulting a solar expert in the design phase, building owners will maximize their energy production and monetary savings.

Regions that require solar ready building:
Town of Brookhaven - Local Law No 2. 2016
New York City - Appendix RB

Solar Ready Resources

Solar Ready Guidance Document - Download Here

Solar Ready Download

Investing in Backup Power

Since 2003, SunPower by EmPower Solar has been using backup power solutions to complement home solar panel systems.  Backup battery power enables solar power systems to continue to provide limited power during electrical grid outages.

Tesla Powerwall 2.0
Sunverge Backup Battery System
Rebuild Right. Rebuild Resilient.

Long Island residents were devastated when Superstorm Sandy ripped through their neighborhoods and destroyed their homes. Even years later, the rebuilding continues in our backyard communities. But this time, it's time to rebuild right, rebuild resilient, rebuild solar ready!

Resilient Communities

SunPower by EmPower Solar is committed to the community and our staff is dedicated to revitalization. After Sandy, we joined forces with the Town of Hempstead, United Way-Long Island, and Hofstra University to host a Rebuild Right seminar to share valuable information on new permit requirements, updated flood insurance regulations, building sustainable, efficient and sustainably homes, and decreasing personal energy consumption while increasing grid reliability with solar panels.

EmPower employees also teamed up to assist the City of Long Beach in its rebuilding efforts. The volunteers spent weekends on beautification projects to improve areas that were destroyed by the storm.

EmPower Named a U.S. DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes Partner.

Zero Energy Ready Home Partner

The US Department of Energy (DOE) ZERH Standard represents a whole new level of home performance, with rigorous requirements that ensure outstanding levels of energy savings, comfort, health, and durability on the path to zero energy ready homes. A ZERH is a high performance home that is so energy efficient that a renewable energy system can offset all or most of its annual energy consumption. Ideal ZERH projects always start with proper design, and they feature many technologies, include high insulation, careful air sealing, high efficiency air conditioning and heating system, proper construction methods - and of course solar ready design.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, SunPower by EmPower Solar is in a select group of top companies in the nation who have certified one or more homes that meet or exceed Zero Energy Ready Home guidelines for excellence in performance and energy efficiency.

United Way Long Island Example: Award-Winning Zero Energy Home

In October 2016, for the second year in a row, United Way of Long Island was recognized as one of the nation’s top builders, being namedGrand Winner in the Affordable Home category from the U.S. Department of Energyas part of its Housing Innovation Awards, for its Patchogue home.

EmPower Solar was proud to engineer and install a high performance 6.87 kilowatt SunPower solar power system for this award winning Patchogue home that will provide 100% of the electrical needs. The 6.87 kW system is smaller than the average home needs on long island. This is testament to outstanding ZER and solar ready design planned by United Way and their architects; Fusion Architects.

To learn more about DOE's Housing Innovation Awards Program, visit http://energy.gov/eere/buildings/housing-innovation-awards . To take a virtual tour of DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes in your climate region, visit here. 

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