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.