Eason, who has also gone to a job in green technology, is enthusiastic, seeing his native Toledo switching gears.
"Just to be part of something that's growing and something that's good for the planet and good for the people," Eason said. "Solar is going to be so immense. Solar is the new oil."
Toledo is bailing itself out from the faded glory of the Glass City to the shiny promise of the Solar Valley.
"You have all this wonderful energy that the sun is sending to us for free and we're devising ways to capture it and put it to use," Eason said. "In this area, we're in the forefront and everybody else is going to have to catch up with us."