David G. Schieren - EmPower Solar

David G. Schieren

David co-founded EmPower in 2003 to make solar energy the dominant energy source in New York and beyond.  This vision continues to drive every action the company takes.


David leads a talented team to deliver the best solar and battery technology, the most financial savings and an amazing customer experience.


To date, EmPower has installed over 5,000 residential and commercial solar power and battery systems in the New York Metro and Long Island territories.  David’s areas of expertise and responsibility include commercial project development, community solar, battery systems, leadership and management.


As an advocate, David conducts outreach to build support for clean energy amongst political, community, business and religious leaders, and the public at large.  David has testified before the United States Congress and has been involved with numerous TV, print, internet, radio and documentary interviews.


David is Chairman of the New York State Solar Energy Industry Association (NYSEIA), and also serves on the boards of the Long Island Association and Vision Long Island.


He has a Master of Science in Energy Management from the New York Institute of Technology, where he received the Faculty Award for outstanding achievement.  David co-led the 2005 US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon solar-hydrogen zero energy home project. He has a BA in Economics from the University of Vermont, where he received the Freeman Saltus Award in Economics.  David was a North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Photovoltaic Installer.  David started his career as an Institutional Equity Advisor at Merrill Lynch where he sold Japanese equities to large US based investors.


David lives in Long Island City with his wife, Cristina Zancani, a sustainable architect and Urban Designer, and their son.