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Is Speed replacing Quality?


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By Sail Van Nostrand

Since when did fast mean the same thing as quality?When did your contractor going fast improve anything other than his profits? Too often we see ads by national solar companies thumping their chest about one-day installations as if that puts money in your pocket not theirs.

There’s an old saying in the construction industry: Fast, Quality, Inexpensive – pick two. 

Construction doesn’t naturally arrive at all three at the same time.

If it’s fast and inexpensive, – you can expect poor quality. 

A quality job done fast, will naturally be expensive. 

And a quality job done inexpensively won’t be fast.

 Of the three, which works best for the homeowner? And which is best for the contractor? For something that is going to be part of your life and home for 20 years or more, I know which I’d pick.  That is why Energy By Choice stresses that quality and cost win every time over speed. Just saying ~

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What if they change the rules on the tax credits?

What if they change the rules on the tax credits? By Evelyn Polvere In New York we are fortunate to have two tax credits that solar owners can take advantage of:  the New York State and the Federal tax credits. New York’s Solar Tax law offers a 25% tax credit on both a solar purchase… Continue Reading

Solar is Solar, it’s all the same! Right?

Bruce Howard – Energy by Choice Solar is Solar, it’s all the same! Right? It happens all the time. It seems to occur with more and more frequency. You’re at your kid’s soccer game or even walking by the copier at work and you hear someone say it again – “I had the guy out… Continue Reading

How much will I have to pay the utility after I get solar?

By Stephen Boscarino There is not one answer to this question. It is mathematical and the numbers involved for each house are unique.   The pertinent numbers are, of course, the amount of electricity you are consuming over the course of a year and the cost of that energy and the amount of energy the… Continue Reading

How much does solar electric cost?

by Evelyn Polvere Both a solar purchase and a solar lease will cost you nothing out of pocket.   You are currently paying PSEG between 19 and 20 cents a kilowatt hour.  Our solar customers will pay an average of 8 to 9 cents effective cost per kilowatt hour.  That’s a 58% savings. How You… Continue Reading

Solar Energy for ZERO OUT-OF-POCKET – What are my Options?

by R. Sail Van Nostrand We often hear, ‘I’d rather lease because it’s Zero out-of-pocket.’ That’s a bit of a misnomer, so we’d like to set the story straight.   ZERO OUT-OF-POCKET can be achieved in one of several ways: A PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) is a contract in which someone else owns the equipment… Continue Reading

What happens to my solar when it snows?

Bruce Howard – Energy by Choice Your solar panels capture light and convert that light into clean  power for your home. Even on a snowy day there is light to be captured and while there may not be as much light as a completely sunny day your system will be generating power. It is not… Continue Reading

Solar Industry on Long Island ~ Good News and Bad News

UPDATE:  GREAT NEWS!!  AS OF 12/18/15 10:45AM, THE SOLAR INVESTMENT TAX CREDIT HAS BEEN EXTENDED! The good news is:The Federal Tax Credit is slated to be Extended! One of the main credits that makes solar more affordable to purchase is the Solar Investment Tax Credit.  It is worth 30% of the job to the customer. … Continue Reading

COP21 climate change summit: Obama ‘optimistic’ about agreement

By Holly Yan, Ben Brumfield and Michael Pearson, CNN,  Wed December 2, 2015 (CNN)The introductions and formalities are over. Now, it’s crunch time to get a deal on what U.S. President Barack Obama calls an “ambitious” global climate change agreement. Leaders of 150 nations are in the second day of the COP21 conference Tuesday. COP stands… Continue Reading

TOP TEN Reasons to Choose Solar

Solar power is more affordable than ever. Choosing solar is now available to everyone. Many financing options are available, whether you purchase or lease, and various tax incentives and rebates also help cut the cost. Electricity prices rise over time. Paying the utility company is never a pleasant experience, especially when the expense only grows over… Continue Reading

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SunPower Introduces the Equinox Solar System

June 7, 2016June 7, 2016
EquinoxExploded2_Sunpower_FI_02-01-16SunPower is excited to announce SunPower EquinoxTM , the industry’s only home solar system  with components designed to work together for maximum design flexibility across rooftops and installation simplicity. Systems include 96-cell AC modules with built-in micro inverters, the InvisiMount mounting system, and PV Supervisor monitoring hardware, all from one company. Equinox offers a reliable 'one-stop-shop' solution that lets us provide our customers with the industry’s best solar system on the market. We're already placing orders on this best-in-class solar system.
It's sleek and powerful and intuitive.

SunEdison Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

April 29, 2016April 29, 2016

After weeks of speculation in the media, renewable energy company SunEdison Inc.

has filed for bankruptcy.

In an announcement, SunEdison says it has commenced a process to restructure its balance sheet and position the company for the future. To facilitate this restructuring, SunEdison and certain of its domestic and international subsidiaries have filed voluntary petitions for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. Notably, SunEdison’s publicly traded yieldcos, TerraForm Power and TerraForm Global, are not part of the filing. “Our decision to initiate a court-supervised restructuring was a difficult but important step to address our immediate liquidity issues,” says Ahmad Chatila, SunEdison CEO. “The court process will allow us to right-size our balance sheet and reduce our debt, providing the opportunity to support the business going forward while focusing on our core strengths. “It also will facilitate our continued work toward transforming the company into a more streamlined and efficient operator, shedding non-core assets as well as taking other steps to help us get the most value out of our technological and intellectual property,” continues Chatila.  “As a result of this process, we expect that SunEdison will be in an even better position over the long term to utilize our capabilities in the renewable energy sector in service of our customers, business partners and employees.” SunEdison says it has secured commitments for new capital totaling up to $300 million in debtor-in-possession financing from a consortium of first and second lien lenders. Subject to court approval, these financial resources will be made available to the company to support its continuing business operations, minimize disruption to its worldwide projects and partnerships, and make necessary operational changes. According to the company, the new financing will support day-to-day operations during the reorganization, including the following: – Proceeding with work on ongoing projects, both in the U.S. and elsewhere; – Paying wages and benefits for employees; – Continuing to provide services to customers; – Paying vendors and suppliers in the ordinary course for goods and services provided on or after the date of the Chapter 11 filing; and – Complying with all regulatory obligations. SunEdison has hired Rothschild Inc. and McKinsey Recovery & Transformation Services U.S. LLC as advisors in connection with the company’s restructuring. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is acting as its legal advisor. Industry reaction The bankruptcy filing comes after SunEdison racked up large amounts of debt following an acquisition spree, its stock prices plummeted over the past year or so, and the company was hit with several lawsuits, including one from its TerraForm Global yeildco. A recently released internal investigation also pointed to an “overly optimistic culture” at SunEdison. Jenny Chase, Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s head of solar insight, says SunEdison’s two-year, $3.1 billion acquisition binge “drove its debt to unmanageable levels and sent investors running for the exits.” “SunEdison’s bankruptcy says more about the company’s strategic decisions than about the solar industry as a whole,” notes Chase, adding, “Comparable companies SunPower and First Solar have managed a develop-and-sell business profitably over the past three years.” Dan Whitten, vice president of communications for the Solar Energy Industries Association, has echoed that sentiment. “This is a highly competitive industry with a massive upside,” he says in a statement. “As with other rapidly growing and successful industries, not every company in the solar market is going to stand the test of time. SunEdison is just one company, and today’s development does not reflect a trend of the broader industry.” Chase adds, “What has distinguished SunEdison has been the relentless and unfocused pursuit of growth, in which it has invested vast amounts of borrowed money. Not all of its ventures succeeded, which is inevitable in the project development business, but SunEdison’s win-to-loss ratio was evidently insufficient.”
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Mike’s Long-Term Savings are Incredible!

December 17, 2015December 17, 2015
solar story icon for news pageOur customer Mike came to us through a referral.  He's one of a few neighbors that were looking into solar together. Massapequa Park 9810 Mazol 12 15Mike's system was installed a week ago, and it should be covering all of his PSEG bill.  His system will be producing 10,968 kilo watt hours of electricity for him yearly.  His effective cost of energy will be about 7 cents, a fraction of the 22 cents he's been paying PSEG.  And his 25-year savings number is just under $119,000 dollars.  Money not sent to the utility = money in Mike's pocket.  Awesome!

Just finished!

November 12, 2015November 12, 2015
3 guys on roofOur team just finished working on Michael and Susan's solar PV system in Levittown. solar story icon for news page The 15,369 watts that went up should produce over 16,500 kilo watt hours of electricity for them. That means they'll be saving over $3,400 yearly, that's almost $300 in their pocket every month.     Sweet.                

Carl’s system will save him $3,460 this year!

October 28, 2015October 28, 2015

Carl's system will save him $3,460 this year!

Babylon 12753 Tedeschi 8 15Babylon, NY ~ Energy By Choice installed this beautiful 12.753 kilo watt system for our customer Carl.  Carl's system will save him $3,460 this year!solar story icon for news page

Carl has chosen to finance his system, so his immediate savings are $70 a month from what he was previously paying PSEG.

Once his system is paid off, he will be saving about $300 a month.

His savings started immediately and will continue to grow over the long life of the system.

In addition to having more money in his pocket, by putting this solar system up the ecological savings are the equivalent of Carl planting 4 acres of trees.  Saving the planet....saving solar story at a time.  [view more installs]

Long Island’s Solar Energy Industry Booming ~ Newsday ~ 10/16/15

October 19, 2015October 19, 2015
imagejpeg_0Long Island’s Solar Energy Industry Booming ~Newsday, 10/16/15 Sail Van Nostrand, owner of Energy By Choice, said system prices are down 15 percent to 20 percent over the past three years, to between $30,000 and $35,000 for a 10-kilowatt system. Most residential solar installations are for systems between 5 and 10 kilowatts, or 5,000 and 10,000 watts, respectively, with the intention of reducing a PSEG energy bill to just about zero. Tax credits and other incentives cut the cost nearly in half, and low-interest loans cover the balance, greatly reducing or eliminating customers’ upfront costs…. read Newsday's feature

Commercial Project Complete

October 13, 2015October 13, 2015
Our team spent the latter part of August on the roof of Delta Computers in Farmingdale installing over 500 SunPower 327 watt panels.  The install went meticulously and the final outcome is quite spectacular. delta best crop

Energy By Choice at Fall Festival in Huntington, Oct 10-11 2015

October 13, 2015
This weekend, Energy by Choice will have a booth at Long Island Fall Festival in Huntington. We'd love to see you - October 10-11 11am-6pm. Come learn about solar for your home.  Speak with the owners. fallfestival