Energy By Choice is proud to announce that we have reached a great milestone ~ we’ve been designing and installing solar energy on Long Island for ten years! Starting from our humble beginnings in the home office at 4 Ridley Court, we now employ 10 times the original staff, and installations have grown 8 fold – from 6 in our first year to 48 this past year.
These days, being a company installing solar energy is a very big deal. With the ever-present threat of climate change, the importance of alternative energy is more apparent every day. Our company and our customers have been leading the charge in the fight against climate change.
We’ve been building our company from the roots up with no signs of slowing down. Today you can see our handiwork all across Long Island, from Montauk to Lido Beach. But things weren’t always rosy, there were real struggles, especially as national solar companies moved in. Yet we stay true to our core values and rely on the good word of our loyal customers and the local Long Island community spirit to sustain our growth.
In the spring of 2005, looking to bring his engineering skills to the solar market, our fearless leader Sail Van Nostrand completed the solar training and certification process. Running the company out of a former baby nursery in his home, Sail and his small team of employees and installers got to work.
By December of that year, we had installed two solar panel systems for neighbors, and Energy By Choice was unofficially born. Officially, we incorporated in June 2006. Since then we’ve grown at a breakneck pace. To give you a sense of our growth, that first year we installed six residential solar systems. In 2015, Energy By Choice installed a record breaking 48 residential solar systems as well as our largest commercial installation to date.
Energy By Choice has also helped foster the young solar industry on Long Island. In 2008, Sail helped organize the Long Island Solar Energy Industries Association and served first as its Vice Chairman for two years then served as chairman for three years.
Also in 2008, Sail was elected to the NYSEIA (New York Solar Energy Industries Association) Board and served as the organization’s Vice President for four years and its President for another year. These contributions are in addition to the countless hours we have spent educating our community about solar at libraries, rotaries, schools and even private home solar parties.
Making A Difference
Being in business for over ten years now, there is absolutely no doubt that Energy By Choice has come a long way, especially in the competitive Long Island solar market. A great source of pride here are our exceptionally solar-educated customers. Our goal has always been to make sure every customer understands exactly what is going on their roof. We want them to know how much energy their system will produce as well as what the value of the energy saved will be to them in the short and long term. Our customers understand that the savings are greater when they demand better solar; reaping greater dividends throughout the long life of the system.
Energy By Choice customers also enjoy best-in-the-business financing – including short and long-term financing for purchases as well as solar leasing. Not to mention an industry-leading 10-year warranty on their workmanship – backed by best-in-class hardware and an engineer-designed and tested installation process.
10 More Years of Long Island Solar
It hasn’t always been easy being the local solar panel installer on Long Island. Once the Long Island market for solar began picking up steam, much larger national and regional companies moved in. While larger companies can create attractive offers, nothing beats buying solar from your neighbor. Energy By Choice does not believe in ‘cookie cutter’ solar – we help shape the best, unique solution for each homeowner and their home – building customer relationships that last long after the installation. It’s that personal commitment our customers experience that let them know they made the right choice in preferring a hands-on, local solar craftsmen.
10 years is a long time for any sized business, but it’s an especially fantastic feat for a local business operating in an emerging market like solar. Over the years we have truly earned our reputation for providing “Better Choices for Better Results.”
To celebrate this great milestone, Energy By Choice will be holding a year-long contest which includes Quarterly Prizes as well as a Grand Prize at the end of our year-long festivities! There are incentives and prizes for our existing customers plus extra savings for any new customer who signs a contract between now and June 30, 2017. CHECK OUT OUR SWEEPSTAKES!
In addition to our Anniversary Sweepstakes, Energy By Choice is offering all new customers $500 off instantly on any contract or proposal being signed between now and June 30, 2017. The incentives are incredible!