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 2007, we have installed over twice as much solar as every other solar contractor in North Central Florida, combined!