7-1-13 Building near Spruce Knob’s peak gets solar array

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SPRUCE KNOB, W.Va. (AP) — A newly installed solar array is closer to the sun than anywhere else in West Virginia — just a few hundred feet below the peak of Spruce Knob.

The nonprofit Mountain Institute announced Friday it’s completed the 3.055 kilowatt photovoltaic array at a building just below West Virginia’s highest peak.

Spruce Knob soars to an elevation of 4,863 feet.

Grants from the Appalachian Stewardship Foundation helped fund the project. The 13-panel array was donated by the installer, Mountain View Solar of Berkeley Springs.

The Mountain Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to education and sustainable development in mountainous regions throughout the world.

It says the Pendleton County array will cut electricity costs and be part of a new curriculum for visitors on energy efficiency and renewable energy.

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