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By Erich Schwartzel, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Feb. 26--PHILIPPI, W.Va. -- Ruston Seaman is proud to show off the early version of the solar panels built for his renewable energy mission: two banged-up, discolored shower doors held together by crusty caulking. "Even if it's chipped a little bit, it still makes electricity," said Mr. Seaman. John Prusa, the brains behind these solar panels, fastened the doors together so that the power-capturing cells stay off the glass, harnessing sunlight that can be used to generate electricity or heat water. But no matter how much a set of jerry rigged solar panels might lower the electric bill, discolored shower doors and caulking from Walmart present a problem when it comes to persuading people to put them on their homes: They're ugly. So now Mr. Seaman and Mr. Prusa shop for better aluminum, better solar glass, even better caulking to ...

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