How We Got Started
Solar Impact, Inc., was founded in 2007 by Elaine and Barry Jacobson. When considering the purchase of a solar photovoltaic (PV) system for their home, they were quoted around $50,000 for an installed 5,000 watt (5kW) solar system, which was typical for the solar industry. Given that the solar electric system would produce around $1,000 of electricity and had an expected 30-year lifespan, the solar energy 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 solar 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, solar panel installation, solar rebates, solar incentives, and tax credits. And Solar Impact was born! For the last decade, Solar Impact has been installing solar panels for the communities of Gainesville, Florida and in Ocala, Newberry, Jonesville, and High Springs.
Since we opened, Solar Impact has grown considerably in both size and territory. In 2019, Solar Impact transitioned to 100% employee-ownership. Meaning all of Solar Impact's employees are also owners. As Solar Impact, we have established a set of core values by which we operate.
1. Be Open, Honest, and Respectful
2. Do the Right Thing
3. Embrace Challenges
4. Master Our Craft
5. When You Succeed, We All Succeed
6. Go the Extra Mile
Solar Impact is also pursuing its B-Certification.