How We Got Started
Solar Impact, Inc., was founded in 2007 by Elaine and Barry Jacobson. When considering the purchase of a solar photovoltaic system for their home, they were quoted around $50,000 for an installed 5,000 watt (5kW) system, which was typical for the industry. Given that the system would produce around $1,000 of electricity and had an expected 30-year life, the system would never come close to paying for itself.
In 2009, Congress extended the solar investment tax credit and eliminated the $2,000 cap that applied to residential systems. This brought the net cost down to around $35,000, which was considerably better, but would still barely break even over the 30-year life of the system.
Based on their experiences, they saw a need for a reasonably priced solar electric solution as well as for guidance through the entire process - decision making, purchasing, installation, rebates, solar incentives and tax credits. And Solar Impact was born!
Since 2007, we have installed over twice as much solar as every other contractor in North Central Florida, combined!