- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

FINCASTLE, Va. (AP) - A Charlottesville company has erected two test towers for a proposed wind farm in Botetourt County.

Apex Clean Energy will use the towers on North Mountain to gather data about wind strength and frequency. The company has proposed constructing up to 25 wind turbines on a ridgeline about 5 miles east of Eagle Rock.

Apex spokesman Kevin Chandler tells The Roanoke Times (http://bit.ly/1KmJgLC ) that the test towers are needed to obtain a more complete picture before construction begins.

Eight county residents filed a lawsuit in July challenging a new county ordinance that allows wind turbines up to 550 feet tall in areas zoned for forestland or agriculture. The ordinance also places restrictions on turbines, including noise levels and the distance from adjacent property lines.

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Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com

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