BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- An Eastern Panhandle school is generating its own electricity and will be able to extend its greenhouse growing season with new solar-power panels.
Mountain View Solar & Wind installed eight solar panels Tuesday at Berkeley Springs High School. Hot water panels will also be installed soon.
The panels will provide electricity for fans, pumps, meters and grow lights. The solar hot water system will heat the growing beds in the greenhouse.
Environmental science teacher Leigh Jenkins says the project is funded by a $41,000 grant from State Farm Insurance. The project was one of 82 chosen from among 1,100 applications nationwide.
Jenkins says advanced-placement students hope to extend their growing season and sell their plants at a farmers market.