David G. Schieren, Chief Executive Officer, EmPower Solar
David leads EmPower Solar as its Chief Executive Officer. He co-founded the company in 2003 with the goal of EmPowering people to use clean energy to control energy costs, clean the air, end oil dependency and dramatically improve the standard of living.
David is responsible for leading the company, with a focus on business development, strategy, corporate finance, human resources and corporate culture. He works closely with his business partner and COO, Greg Sachs on managing the company.
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 Science Committee about the DOE Solar Decathlon competition, solar energy and hydrogen fuel, and has been involved with numerous TV, print, internet, radio and documentary interviews.
David is a North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Photovoltaic Installer. 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, and co-led the 2005 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 started his career as an Institutional Equity Advisor at Merrill Lynch where he sold Japanese equities to large US based investors.
He is a co-founder and board member of the Solar Decathlon Alumni Association (SDAA) that represents a global alumni community of participants from the US Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon bi-annual competition. He addresses the competitors at the bi-annual award ceremony.
David is also a board member of the Long Island Matrix for Science and Technology (LIMSAT), which promotes STEM programs throughout Long Island and NYC, and has an operating agreement with Brookhaven National Laboratories.
From 2009 – 2011 David was an Executive Committee member of the Greater Long Island Clean Cities Coalition, US Department of Energy funded organization responsible for managing government grant opportunities for alternative fuel projects. During David’s Tenure he helped oversee the distribution of over $20M of funding.