SEWARD -- It's hard to miss the picturesque beauty of Resurrection Bay when you're in this seaside town. Tucked between steep mountains, the bay serves as a gateway to Prince William Sound -- known for its majestic beauty, bountiful fishing and a recreation paradise for residents of Southcentral Alaska.

But Andy Baker sees a little more than that. To him, the bay is more than a playground -- it's an 11-mile long, 1,000-foot deep solar panel capable of providing affordable heat to the small coastal community.

Over the last three years, Baker, an Anchorage-based renewable-energy consultant for his company YourCleanEnergy, has worked with the Alaska SeaLife Center and a handful of other small businesses and homeowners to install heat pumps that convert energy from cold water into building heat.

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