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The largest wind turbine generator in the world stands atop Howard's Knob in Watauga County. Nearby residents have complained about the noise and television interference caused by the windmill. The purpose of the turbine is not to generate on-line electricity. The windmill is a research project to determine the feasibility of wind-generated electricity and to determine what problems may arise. Solutions to the noise and television interference problems are discussed in the article.
Standing atop Howard's Knob in Watauga County is the largest wind turbine generator in the world. The 325-ton windmill with 200-foot blades stands atop a ten-story tower. The windmill project involves two federal agencies, state and local governments, and private enterprise and is an effort to develop alternative energy sources to make the United States less dependent on foreign oil. The windmill is the fourth to be built in the country. Bishop describes what the windmill will do and the dedication ceremonies.
Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation in Lenoir, North Carolina has been chosen by the United States Department of Energy to operate one of the world’s two largest wind-powered electric generators. A wind turbine generator, with the capacity to furnish electric power for about five-hundred homes, will be built on Howard’s Knob in Watauga County. Research will investigate how the wind generator will affect the environment and surrounding community.