June Special Edition 2022

EmPower Solar – Empowering Clients with High Performance Solar Power and Battery Systems


Even though solar batteries are a substantial investment, more and more homeowners are choosing to install them with their solar panels because of all the great benefits solar batteries provide. When you install a solar battery, you can store that excess solar electricity instead of sending it back to the grid. Then, you get to use the stored energy later in the day, when your solar panels aren’t producing enough electricity to meet your home’s energy needs. Solar batteries are a great investment for homeowners who live in areas that experience frequent power outages or where utilities don’t offer full-retail net metering. They’re also the best way to maximize the amount of renewable energy your home uses.

EmPower Solar is one such company that develops, engineers, installs, and services solar and battery systems for residential and commercial clients. Since 2003, EmPower Solar has empowered thousands of New York homeowners and businesses with 50 megawatts of distributed solar. Its vision is to create a new energy paradigm powered by clean, renewable energy for a more prosperous, healthy, and civil world. The company employs over 100 full-time workers in across three locations and generates millions in economic activity for the region per year. To date, the company has saved its clients over 20 million dollars in avoided energy costs. EmPower Solar has also deployed over 150 energy storage systems and dozens of electric vehicle charging stations. Active in LISEIA and NYSEIA, EmPower Solar has played an integral and pivotal role in accelerating the Long Island and New York region on a path towards clean energy.

Leveraging Robust Solar and Battery Services

Home Solar Solutions: EmPower Solar's in-house design team will consider your home’s average electricity usage, roof space and orientation, and shading from trees and buildings for your custom system design. They also provide several options to bring clean energy to your home, whether that’s financing, leasing, or purchasing. The company uses only use the most efficient solar panels on the market, which produce 60 percent more energy than conventional panels and enable us to outfit your home with an unparalleled solar system. From the day that your system goes live, you can have complete confidence in its performance, reliability, and value for years to come. Power up without leaving your driveway. By pairing your solar panels with a home car charging station you can fully fuel your electric vehicle within hours and pay as low as 8 cents/kWh. Most of their customers save upwards of $1,000 a year just by charging their electric vehicles with solar.

Commercial Solar Panels: Their in-house team team of solar specialists will consider your unique financial and energy goals to provide the most economical plan possible. Whether you’re an owner-operator looking to reduce your own electric bill, a developer building a new project, or building/land owner seeking additional income, they will work with you to deliver the best possible solution for you. The team of experts will customize a package to power your business and your bottom line, securing significant savings, building profit, and enabling long-term energy reductions. They partner with industry-leading manufacturers using the best panels on the market, enabling us to outfit your business with a technologically advanced solar system. From the day that your system goes live, you can have complete confidence in its performance, reliability, and value for years to come.

Tesla Home Battery Backup: Tesla’s sleek, compact Powerwall home battery backup system offers independence from the utility grid in Westchester and on Long Island. Combine the Powerwall with a home solar system to ensure complete emergency preparedness. Tesla solar batteries, commonly known as the Tesla Powerwall, are rechargeable lithium-ion batteries designed for small-scale home energy usage. As a lithium-ion battery, the Powerwall has a significantly higher energy density than lead batteries, meaning it can store and discharge more energy to power more appliances for longer. The Powerwall also has a superior depth of discharge to lead batteries and are more efficient; meaning more of the energy stored can actually be used. One Powerwall can provide 13.5 kWh per charge and can power large appliances for a short period of time or small appliances for a long period of time. With active monitoring and sunshine after a blackout event, a Powerwall can keep your essential loads powered for a week or more. Energy storage levels can be monitored from the Tesla app in real-time so you can shed and adjust loads depending on energy available

The Leader Upfront

David G. Schieren is a Co-founder and the Chief Executive Officer of EmPower Solar.  He leads a talented team to deliver the best solar and battery technology, the most financial savings and an amazing customer experience. 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. He is the Board President 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. 

David has a Master of Science in Energy Management from the New York Institute of Technology, where he received the Faculty Award for outstanding achievement. 

"To date, EmPower has installed over 4,000 residential and commercial solar power and battery systems in the New York Metro and Long Island territories."