Energy by Choice Celebrating 10 Year Anniversary


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!

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  • Jerry Baiting Hollow

    As more and more Long Islanders perceive solar energy as a win/win situation, it’s great that there are companies like Energy By Choice who can help make this happen.

  • Matt Wantagh

    Sail and Bruce were awesome, making 5 visits to our home. We wanted to go with a local company instead of one of the big companies. We have not been disappointed with our choice. I highly recommend Energy By Choice! Tell them Matt sent you!

  • Richard Huntington

    I looked at 7 different companies, Energy By Choice was the only one who didn’t shove a contract down your throat. They are local, you are a client not an account number. You meet the owner, he comes to your house. When you call with a question they know who you are. They took care of everything in a timely manner. I highly recommend Energy By Choice.

  • 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.

  • Jennifer East Northport

    We had a wonderful experience with Energy by Choice. They were professional, clean, and extremely honest. Speaking from experience, we researched solar for months and I highly recommend this company. Thank you for everything Sail and team!

  • Arlene Commack

    We met with Sail and he answered all of our questions and concerns. Sail put together a proposal that was perfect for our home and we’re so glad we had his expertise and knowledge to work from. We interviewed another national solar company who was offering a plan that would not have met our needs and would have been a financial disaster for us.

  • Tallyann West Babylon

    I loved the level of professionalism of all the staff from sales, to installation personal and office staff too. My panels look beautiful and the installation appears clean. I highly recommend using Energy by Choice if you are thinking about going solar. They offer the best product and service of any solar company out there.

  • John West Islip

    Great company they all know what they are doing and are very professional. I would recommend this company to anyone who wants to install solar on long island.

  • Jerry Baiting Hollow

    Hopefully solar energy will become a more common option on Long Island for both electric and for hot water. It provides an opportunity to help the environment, contribute to our country’s energy independence and to benefit from the financial savings over time.

  • The Becerra Family Huntington Station

    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!

  • Sue New Hyde Park

    Energy By Choice installed my solar several years ago and have yet to pay more than the mandatory few cents a day service fee by the electric company, but even that washes out in the end with money I make back at the end of the year. While I have had no problems with my system, I have had questions and Sail Van Nostrand is always attentive to me and responds to my inquiries quickly and professionally. I whole heartedly recommend Energy By Choice to anyone looking for a solar contractor.

  • Bill Brentwood

    A company dealing with its customers as well as Energy by Choice did with me is no accident, it happens from the top down. Sail the owner runs a good ship and it shows! If you own a home on Long Island, I recommend you get solar from Energy By Choice.

  • Anthony Mattituck

    It was a great thrill to see our electric meter running in reverse after the installation of our system. We look forward to many years of gaining some energy independence from the high cost of electric on Long Island.”