SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -- The 32-foot tower installed Wednesday on a one-eighth-acre lot on Shepherd University's East Campus across High Street from White Hall will do much more than generate a mere two kilowatts.
It's going to teach.
Ed Snyder, chairman of Shepherd's Institute of Environmental Studies, said the wind turbine "is for education and demonstration purposes. We know this is not an ideal location to teach students or bring in people from the community for demonstrations, but it's a small tower so people can see it without it being an eyesore. It blends into the campus."
The tower is the latest addition to Shepherd's Renewable Energy Demonstration Site, which occupies that small chunk of land.
Facilities built last year include an energy barn and a sustainable agriculture greenhouse. There's also the Veggie Van, an older GMC van powered by vegetable oil, said Clarissa Mathews, assistant professor in the environmental studies department.