Barry and Elaine Jacobson: Spirit of Gainesville nominees

Published: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 11:26 a.m.

Barry and Elaine Jacobson founded Solar Impact in 2007. In four short years, it has become one of the largest solar electric companies in Florida. One of the most rewarding benefits of their entrepreneurial efforts has turned out to be job creation and local economic growth. Solar Impact has created six full-time skilled positions and several part-time positions. More importantly, they have generated well over $1 million in work for local roofing and electrical contractors and plan to double that number by the end of 2011.


Category: Entrepreneurship

About Barry and Elaine Jacobson

Occupation: Owners of Solar Impact since 2007

Years in Gainesville: 20

Children: Kyle and Eli

Civic involvement: Gold Sponsor for Boys & Girls Club Gala for Kids, main sponsor for Alachua County Public Schools Foundation Education Ball, Gainesville Job Corps Business Partner, Florida Track Club Business Partner

Barry and Elaine met as undergraduates at UF in 1980 and have called Gainesville home for many years. Both of their sons graduated from Buchholz High School, and Elaine's involvement in the public school system was one of the driving factors in creating the innovative Alachua County Public School Solar Project. This project will provide $1.45 million in revenue to the school district and fund a K-12 Renewable Energy curriculum.

Barry and Elaine are committed to making solar affordable for everyone in our community and would be deserving recipients of the Spirit of Gainesville award for entrepreneurship.

Submitted by Donald Ryan

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