BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Using the wind to generate electricity requires a building permit for the wind generator, and Mike McKechnie of Mountain View Builders asked the Morgan County Planning Commission Tuesday night for approval.
McKechnie's company is building the Mountain View Solar House on Pious Ridge Road, where the wind tower is to be installed.
The site will be used to educate people and to encourage the local community and others to become energy independent, McKechnie said.
The house is environmentally friendly, and will run "almost entirely on renewable energy like the sun and wind," he said.
The wind generator is a Skystream 3.7 and is made by Southwest Windpower Inc. of Flagstaff, Ariz. It has three blades with a rotor diameter of 12 feet and looks like a giant fan.