Charles E. Skinner

Dr. Charles E. (Ted) Dr. Skinner has 32 years of research, development, project leadership and R&D management experience in the chemical industry; much of this time working on activities global in scope. Ted has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Alma College and a PhD in Physical Inorganic Chemistry from Vanderbilt University. As a Dow Corning employee he worked in catalysis research; silicone intermediates process development; silicone product development, marketing, project management, patent strategy development and R&D Functional management, rising to the level of Area VP.

After retiring from Dow Corning, Ted has spent the majority of his time consulting with small start-up companies. Skinner is Chairman of the Board of Advanced Battery Concepts, leading fund raising efforts which resulted in significant risk capital being raised. He is also serving as Interim Chief Executive Officer of Mrs Glee's Gluten-Free Foods, providing flour and flour-based products to the rapidly growing gluten-free food market; and finally is active in and a Director of Midland Solar Applications , designing and installing PV solar electrical generation facilities. These are all start-up companies with funding from BlueWater Angel Investors where he has volunteered as chair of the screening committee - for almost one decade. Ted enjoys mentoring entrepreneurs and finding resources to support start-up companies – most of them in the Great Lakes Bay region

Shortly after retirement, he lead the spin-off and establishment of a stand- alone, non-profit agency in Midland (Personal Assistance Options), supporting the independence of people with disabilities. Ted and his wife, Sherry, have three children and nine grandchildren who are the source of much pride and joy.


our mission

There are an abundance of reasons why going solar is a good decision. Our goal is to help you meet yours. Whether you want to lower your utility bills, reduce your carbon footprint, get off the grid, or invest in your own energy production, MSA is here to help you through every step.


Our company

Midland Solar Applications is a full service research, design, and installation photovoltaic company. We have over 60 years of experience in the construction business, and more than 20 years of combined experience in designing and installing photovoltaic systems. Our company has a strong technical foundation with photovoltaic and semiconductor expertise, along with a strong business background in entrepreneurial company start-up and growth processes. We have a strong financial footing with both partners and affiliated companies, each of whom has a long track record of financial responsibility and success. MSA has a global network of suppliers, industry experts and consultants, and we are active in local and national industrial associations (SEIA, AlCHE, ACS). The partners and stakeholders of MSA have experience in photovoltaic technology, chemistry, business management, and are all very active in community service.


About Us

Midland Solar Applications
Mid-Michigan's solar energy experts


STEVE Ellebracht

Steve completed a 34 year career with the Dow Chemical Company starting as a Research Chemist and progressing to Global R&D director. He has national and international experience having worked and lived in Texas, Singapore, New Jersey and Michigan. He has extensive global experience in developing and commercializing new technologies and is a recognized global leader in a number of scientific areas including Atomic Spectroscopy, Fiber Optics, Plastics, Telecommunications, Photovoltaics and Building Science. He has 11 key individual patents and has supervised various R&D groups within Dow that have been awarded over 1200 patents world wide. He has over 70 scientific publications and presentations and has been the invited and keynote speaker at numerous scientific conferences, including the International Composites Symposium and the National China Plastics Conference.  He is responsible for building developmental facilities in Singapore, China and Australia. While in Singapore he chaired the Singapore American Chamber of Commerce program committee. He initiated and led, the development of breakthrough inventions in the area of STYROFOAM foaming agents with zero green house gas potential and an environmentally friendly flame retardant system. He initiated the Solar Technology program for Dow Chemical, obtaining a $20 million Solar America Initiative grant from the federal government, and a hundred million dollars of Dow R&D funding for photovoltaic research and development. He initiated the Solar Powerhouse Shingle concept. He managed the building of three 5KW Solar Arrays for Research and Development efforts and the install 300KW of solar power at Dow’s Pittsburg California plant. He was quoted as an energy and solar expert in the November 8, 2007 Wall Street Journal lead article, “As Energy Soars, US Industries Collide.”

Current Activities

Steve retired from Dow to pursue entrepreneurial interests in the spring of 2008. He currently is: President and part owner of Brazosport Plastics, a fabrication and design company headquartered in Angleton, Texas, Vice President and part owner of IsoTherapeutics Group, a Radiopharmaceutical R&D company headquarted in Texas, President and part owner of Missouri Solar Applications LLC, a energy design and install company headquarted in Jefferson City, Missouri and president and part owner of Midland Solar Applications, LLC headquartered in Midland, Michigan.

Steve has been directly involved in designing and installing photovoltaic arrays ranging in size from 1KW to 150KW for residential homes, businesses and Utilities. These include fixed arrays as well as tracking arrays utilizing various Photovoltaic substrate materials. He has extensive knowledge and experience working with small and large companies and with government agencies such as The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He is a member to the BlueWater Angle Investors championing startup businesses.


BS and MS in Chemistry from The University of Missouri
Executive Development Program, Harvard University
Six Sigma Black Belt
Private Pilot

John n. Bartos

Thirty two years of starting, building and managing small companies in business management consulting, architectural building design, forensic engineering, and project development. An example is Three Rivers Corporation which grew from one to 420 employees in the early 1980’s. Companies were started in Michigan, Texas, and Florida. Three years at the Dow chemical Company in building products research and development. (2 patents) Ten years of helping with economic development in the Great Lakes Bay region through workforce development, assisting small companies, Mid Michigan Innovation Center, Angel Funding, and regional economic development groups. Over the past four decades have volunteered on over 26 state and local organizations, boards, and task forces. This combination of business expertise and civic support was recognized in 2003 when inducted into the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame along with Ted Doan and Richard Hazelton.


Lead member of JS&B Associates, LLC (engineering and development company). Vice President of Midland Solar Applications which installs solar photovoltaic projects in the mid-west. Actively help area businesses, one on one, plus through organizations such as Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, (Board) MiTech + (Board and Vice Chair), Mid Michigan Innovation Center (Board and Vice Chair), Strosacker Foundation (Trustee), Midland Tomorrow (Member and Ambassador), and Blue Water Angels (Board).


Demonstrated expertise in design, engineering, construction, leadership, motivation, and management while building Three Rivers Corporation, from scratch, in 1976 to 420 employees in 1986. The ultimate test of these traits was shown in 1986 when the original Dow Chemical Co. Dry Tech plant ($25 million in 1986 dollars) was completed in 10 ½ months. It started up on day one and was completed 5 months ahead of the original schedule. Twenty years later, the Dow Diamond was completed on a similar compressed schedule by the present management team. Integrating management, design, finance, and construction, to increase value and lower costs, was also accomplished in other startups.


1963 – B.S. Engineering – Michigan State University
1965 – Master of Science – Stanford University
1983, 1986 – Small Business Leadership Courses – Stanford University
Over the years – a multitude of other seminars and training programs
Plus the education received by 45 years of marriage, having 3 children, and managing the Centennial family farm – priceless.