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Velux water-heating solar panels could pass for skylights, which has Paul Steiner excited about being a dealer for them. "We really try to make our projects esthetically pleasing, so when I saw these, I thought, man, that's the cat's meow," says Steiner, standing next to the panels. Photo by Randy Hanson

Solar energy made attractive

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Paul Steiner is enthusiastic about the solar water-heating system his company installed last week on a house at 927 Eighth St.

"The thing that's so cool about these is that when you look at the house you don't know that they're solar panels," Steiner said of the Velux brand panels on the roof of Lee and Lori Kisling's house.


One of the drawbacks to solar energy, from Steiner's perspective, is that some people consider the solar arrays unattractive.

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Randy Hanson
Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.
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