Barry co-founded Solar Impact with his wife, Elaine, in 2007. He has more than 15 years of experience in designing and installing solar equipment. He has a Ph.D. in Engineering and is a Florida Licensed Professional Engineer and Solar Contractor. He holds an energy professional certification from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners. Barry is experienced in designing and installing solar electric and hot water systems. He has been the subject matter expert on solar for numerous studies and projects. He frequently gives presentations on solar to professionals, students and general interest groups.
Jim Bakhaus is CEO of Solar Impact. He is a NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional, and a licensed electrician. He recently joined our team after serving as the Director of Residential Operations for the largest solar installer in Colorado. Jim has more than 20 years of residential and commercial construction experience.
Richie leads our installation team. He has a Masters of Science in Building Construction Management from the University of Florida. As a former US Army Captain and two-time combat veteran, Richie brings nearly 10 years of military planning and leadership experience to our team, ensuring that our jobs are completed on time and within budget.
Our Superintendent, Brian Leverette, is also a two-time combat veteran and brings four years of military experience, three years of low-voltage electrical experience, and more than five years of roofing experience to the team.
Our solar technician, Craig Shazer, grew up doing construction. He has over 25 years of construction experience, which includes over 3 years of solar and 14 years of roofing experience.
A Gainesville native, Haydn attended the University of Florida and completed the Sustainability and the Built Environment program. With a completed thesis on solar return on investment factors in the Florida market, Haydn has been very passionate about educating people on the benefits of solar since the beginning.
Bryan is a NABCEP Certified PV Technical Sales Professional and holds a BSc in Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering. He has recently joined our team after working in several areas of the solar industry including equipment distribution, utility scale construction, and sales. Bryan has also studied renewable energy production in Austria, Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Germany, and Australia.