Solar Impact is proud to be made up of some of Florida's most talented solar power experts.

Our team is skilled in the design and installation of solar electric systems.

Barry Jacobson
Co-Founder & President

Barry 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.

Richie Wilhoit
Managing Member & Design, Permitting and Procurement Manager

Richie leads our design 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.

Brian Leverette
Co-Owner, Warehouse Manager

Our Warehouse Manager, Brian Leverette, is also a two-time combat veteran and brings four years of military experience, many years of low-voltage electrical experience, and more than five years of roofing experience to the team. He has been with the Solar Impact team for more than eight years. Brian assists with the operation and preparing our solar jobs to be installed.

Haydn Brasher
Co-Owner, Residential Solar Consultant

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.

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Shawn Reynolds
Co-Owner, Commercial Construction Manager and Service Manager

Shawn is a Master Electrician candidate and our Commercial Construction and Project Manager. Shawn brings more than 10 years of construction and electrical experience to the Solar Impact team. He joined Solar Impact as a co-owner in 2019. He has installed more than 3 megawatts of solar throughout the state of Florida. He is an instructor at the Electrical Apprenticeship Program at Santa Fe College in Gainesville. Shawn was named 2021 Top Solar Installer by Solar Power World.

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Kevin Endres
Chief Operating Officer & Director of Operations

Kevin Endres is our Chief Operating Officer and also serves as our Director of Operations. Kevin Endres is a qualified Chemist and Chemical Engineer, a Certified Plant Engineer, who holds an MBA. He has more than 30 years of industrial domestic and international company experience at senior levels that involved project development, execution, and operational control. He has played instrumental roles in company organizational dynamics and business process reorganization and optimization.

Lorie Thebaut
Co-Owner, Core Services Director

Lorie Thebaut is a Co-Owner and our Core Services Director. She sits on our leadership team and is responsible for all accounting, human resources, and technology within Solar Impact. Lorie has a degree in English and 20 years of experience in accounting for construction and utilities. Lorie joined Solar Impact in 2020. Lorie enjoys nature, birding and wildlife photography.