New wind turbine approved for use in Virginia
A man from Evington, Virginia, and a former engineer who together built a wind turbine three years ago have been given the nod to raise the machine after overcoming many zoning hurdles, NBC affiliate WSLS reports.
According to the news source, the Bedford County Board of Supervisors said the team's craftsmanship and vision to put wind energy to good use convinced them to allow the turbine to be installed. The propeller will be raised on the property of Roger Beale, who will install the 100-foot-tall structure near Virginia 811.
"He actually built it as a hobby," said Debra Beale, Rogers' representative agent. "It’s completely homemade."
Roger Henderson, a fellow resident of Bedford County, says the wind turbine is an accomplishment, and others should follow Beale's example.
"It’s nothing short of phenomenal what he’s accomplished here," he said. "I stand in awe of his engineering ability."
The wind installation is one of several projects all over the country in which small-scale wind energy structures are being deployed. According to the American Wind Energy Association, small wind energy allows individuals to generate their own power and lower their energy bills in an environmentally friendly way.