How to Choose a Solar Installer on Long Island

Posted on: October 5, 2011

If you’re interested in going solar, you have many considerations to make. What type of solar panels will you install? How will you finance your solar installation? And perhaps most important of all, which solar company will you choose to work with?

The installer you select becomes your solar energy partner. You can expect to continue working with this company for many years to come, especially if you take out a loan or lease your solar panels. As you sift through different solar companies on Long Island, look for these qualities in the installer you choose.

  • Excellent customer satisfaction ratings: The first step in researching solar installers is to consider the experiences of past clients. Read reviews online, ask friends and neighbors who their solar installer was, and ask the companies you’re considering for references you can call. Positive ratings help set your mind at ease as you narrow down which company you want to install your solar panels.
  • Fully licensed and insured: Licensing proves the company is a renewable energy expert with years of experience installing solar panels on Long Island. Then, insurance removes all liability from you in case a worker is injured while installing solar panels on your roof.
  • NABCEP-certified project manager on every job: The rigorous testing required to become a member of the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) proves a higher level of expertise. This certification separates premium installers from basic solar companies.
  • Code of Ethics: The company you choose to install solar panels on your Long Island home should be an active member of the Long Island Solar Energy Industry Association (LISEIA), or the New York SEIA. This membership proves the installer follows a high standard of professionalism and integrity.
  • Years of experience: If a contractor says they’ve been in business for a particular number of years, this doesn’t guarantee that their experience with solar goes back this far. Select an installer who specializes in solar with several years of experience and at least a few hundred installations under their belt.
  • Excellent labor warranty: Licensed contractors are required to offer a minimum 1-year labor warranty on solar installations. However, some contractors offer 2-year, 5-year, or sometimes even 10-year warranties on their workmanship. Read the fine print to find out what warranties different solar companies on Long Island offer.
  • Administrative services: A good amount of paperwork goes into installing a solar system—from rebate documents to town permits to tax paperwork and much more. The installer you work with should be responsible for handling all the paperwork to ease their customers’ transition to renewable energy.

Choose Energy By Choice to Go Solar on Long Island

Energy By Choice meets or exceeds all the points touched on here. After over a decade of installing solar panel arrays on Long Island, we’re ready to meet your needs as you shift to a more sustainable method of powering your home or business. Contact us today, and we’ll help you get started down the path to renewable energy!

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  • Richard Huntington

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    Energy by Choice was one of our best decisions: Professional, intelligent gentlemen, on time, kept to schedule, neat, proficient, excellent in customer service. The sales, the office, the installers, everyone. So kind, even lent my 9 year old son, solar cells, props and material for his science fair project. My PSEG bill is $12.00 a month…….yes loans to pay for installation, once that is paid off ….$12.00 a month. We love our solar panels, beautiful, energy efficient, less pollution, better for the environment and my son’s future.

  • Raymond Port Jefferson Station

    From my first meeting with Sail to the completion of the job, everything was done in a professional manner. I had obtained several estimates from other companies before my meeting with Sail. Sail is the owner of the company, not a sales representative. He was very knowledgeable and patient and answered all my questions. Once I agreed to hire his company, they handled all the paperwork and kept me apprised of status. The installer Steve was also knowledgeable, performed a neat installation and answered questions I had of him.
    I am very pleased with my selection of Energy By Choice. Sail designed a system to virtually eliminate my electric bill. I chose to own the system so I would benefit the most from the savings.

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    Helpful, honest; enjoyed the experience of the office personnel, (no pressure) from initial phone inquiry to certificate of completion. Getting better than half the cost returned from the State & Federal Gov. helped even more.
    My spouse, who’s been in construction and more than handy, states that, “I watched the whole installation and even though I had asked a “thousand” questions the crew was more than courteous and professional!” (He even got up on the roof to watch). Only thing left is to reap the rewards of the investment of our home & future. I would recommend Energy By Choice as a preference over the other companies who tried to push & sell their products to us.

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    All staff were very professional, friendly and knowledgeable. Sail is enthusiastic and passionate about the product. I didn’t feel pressured, but I was also given a very complete evaluation and comprehensive plan for the project. The staff was great in answering questions and helping with the preparation/paperwork required. Installation was a very positive experience and operated as a well-managed team.
    I had one minor problem with the monitoring system that was likely caused by my own family member. Energy by Choice was great in resolving the problem. Since completion of the project, the company has continued to stay in touch. I feel like a member of a club.

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    The whole team is very professional. Sail always answers your questions with professionalism and patience. The crew that installed our panels were on time, efficient, polite and the site was left clean. Our panels are Sunpower, made in USA, which is what we wanted. Energy by Choice were the only ones that offered these panels. Other companies told us we could not afford a system with Sunpower panels and were offering LG panels. Sail offered from the beginning the Sunpower panels. Most import of all this is a local company!

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    Thank you for the excellence and thoroughness of the total job. I love the $8. or $9. per month bills from LIPA and I so appreciated the qualities of your installation team. It was like having nephews working in and around my house, so totally comfortable. Your office team was also and continues to be so helpful and lovely to deal with. Finally, filling out the right income tax papers, and sending them to me, unasked, was a classy final touch. I’d do it all over again with Energy by Choice. It has been a pleasure and a wonderful experience working with you.

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