About Us

Glass City Community Solar or (GCCS) is a 501(c)-3 that focuses on bringing solar to low income communities. GCCS participates in the Department of Energy’s Solar in Your Community Challenge and has completed projects in Toledo, Ohio. It is our goal to make Toledo greener, more sustainable and more supportive of its underserved low income citizens. We offer help to others who want to install solar as well as invite you to brainstorm with us as to how GCCS can help bring solar to your community.

Our Team

John Kiely, Ph.D., 
Board Member

President and CEO of Vistula Management Company

Maria Ellingson,
Board Member

Program Director,
Energy Efficient Codes Coalition

Nick Strevel,
Board Member

Vice President – Product Strategy and Diversification at Link Engineering Company

Pamela Oatis, M.D.,


Pediatric Doctor and Counselor at Mercy Hospital

Randy Ellingson Ph.D.,
Board Member

 Professor of Physics, Photovoltaics at the University of Toledo

Evan Nichols,
Board Member

Technical Sales Engineer at First Solar

Jason Gonring
UT Electrical Engineering Student

Renewable Energy Specialist

Philip Ottinger,
UT Electrical Engineering Student

 Building Ohio’s Sustainable Energy Future (BOSEF) Member

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