[per·i·he·li·on / perəˈhēlēən]

the point in the orbit of a planet, asteroid, or comet at which it is closest to the sun.

About Perihelion

Perihelion Solar is an employee-owned company operating out of the Arkansas River Valley. We are a proud collective ready to meet the sustainable energy needs of our community and beyond. Our focus is 100% on the value we bring to our customers. We have the best products, at the best prices, with the best warranties in Arkansas - guaranteed.

As a company, Perihelion Solar has over 50 years of engineering experience, with the goal of bringing your home and business the benefits of superior service, practical designs, and the highest quality components.

Perihelion Solar is the Arkansas River Valley's first photovoltaic systems integrator with three years of insight into our state's solar industry. We prioritize educating the public, advocating for faster alternative energy reforms, and creating a cleaner community for our future torch bearers.

Choose Perihelion Solar, so together we can define the road that lies ahead, and bring our communities closer to the Sun.

Meet the Team

Andy Barrett

Andy Barrett is the founder and CEO of Perihelion Solar. Prior to starting the company, Andy worked in the electric power industry for 25 years. Andy graduated from Texas A&M University in 1997, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering. He started his career as a student engineer working for Entergy, performing software development for nuclear core design and fuel movement strategies. Following his work at Entergy, Andy became a federal nuclear inspector for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and practiced nuclear inspection in over 20 states for more than 15 years. Andy has also worked as a nuclear reactor core designer, and previously had a business/hobby repairing electric wheelchairs.

Heath Moore

Electrical Engineer/Installer
Heath Moore is co-owner and Vice President of Perihelion Solar. An Arkansas native and lifetime Russellville, AR resident, Heath attended Arkansas Tech University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. During his time at Tech, Heath co-authored a paper on electron shock waves for the Arkansas Academy of Science. As an advocate for the sustainable growth of renewable energy technologies Heath hopes to transform the River Valley and contribute to the successful operation of Arkansas’s solar industry. His hobbies include maintaining a healthy lifestyle and practicing music.

Dr. Steve Gann

Master Electrician, Captain USN - Retired
Dr. Steve Gann is the Master Electrician for Perihelion Solar (M-4956) and holds a PhD in Chemistry. Dr. Gann is a master in many different fields, not just electricity, having maintained a varied and diverse career. He served as a surface line officer on a number of different US Navy ships, holding command in reserve and administrative units. He also performed academic research and teaches as a Professor of Chemistry at Arkansas Tech University. Steve enjoys life on his solar powered farm (16kW ground and rooftop array) where he cares for a flock of sheep, a rafter of turkeys, a confusion of guineas, several chickens, a mother goose, 3 dogs and a cat. We are grateful to have him on our team.

Customer Reviews

"We are so grateful to have found Andy Barrett and Perihelion Solar in Russellville! First, we really appreciate the trust and accountability that comes with doing business locally. Second, Andy worked with us to design an effective array that accommodates the afternoon shading brought on by our towering pecan tree. We have east, south and west facing panels. Third, I am sure there are folks out there with larger budgets than ours, but our array produced enough through the spring and summer that we were able to bank KWh with Entergy! Fourth, Andy took time to answer all our questions from the viability of our roof to how net metering actually works; in addition his response time was always within 24 hours. In summary, with Perihelion Solar, we found engineering expertise, personal service and reliability and that is just what we needed when making our solar investment."

"Perihelion handled everything from top to bottom. When we ran into an issue with the original plan, they were quick to determine the fix. We knew what we could expect from our system from the start since Perihelion had all the bells and whistles to show us exactly how the sun passes over our home and, as a result, our system potential. The install would modernize any home and turned out to be a beautiful modern addition to our 70’s ranch style home.

Our install was not a simple one and Perihelion had no problem navigating and installing in a timely fashion. It doesn’t hurt that they are a great group of people who are easy to work with. These folks are local too, so the money stays local. We are fully satisfied and would highly recommend their services."

'"I met Andy when my wife and I were in the middle of a solar panel emergency. My panels were installed incorrectly by a previous installer, and my roof would leak whenever it rained. I was in a panic, but fortunately I learned about Perihelion. The first time I met Andy I was certain that he would come to our rescue, and he did. Not only did he correct the previous mistakes, he installed new mounts that would seal the roof so there would be no more leaks. Since his repair we have had several strong rain storms, and our attic is as dry as a bone. We also have more good news. We are saving over $100 a month in energy cost as a result of our panels being installed correctly. Thank you, Andy.
I am happy to recommend Perihelion Solar Power Systems and Andy Barrett to anyone who might be considering an investment in solar power for you home or business. It will make money for you every month."

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