Opposition has been voiced at plans which could see a wind farm built on land bordering the Lake District National Park.
Renewable Energy Systems wants to site two 70m test masts on Tallentire Hill, near Cockermouth.
But nearby villagers say they are opposed to the plan, which could see more than a dozen turbines built if tests prove successful.
Allerdale Council is considering the company's proposals.
Villagers in Tallentire, Bridekirk, Dovenby and Gilcrux say a wind farm would spoil the natural beauty of the area.
But Renewable Energy Systems says more wind farms are needed to meet the UK government green energy targets.
Rod Coy, who lives near the proposed site at Tallentire, said: "There is significant opposition to these plans and I think something like 80 objections have been lodged already.
"Tallentire Hill is such a distinctive landmark feature and this wind farm, if it allowed, will just scar the landscape for miles around."
A spokeswoman for Renewable Energy Systems said: "This wind speed study is only one of many we will be doing on the site.
"It is understandable that this is a lot of change for people if we were to go ahead, but we have to remember that these turbines are going to make a significant difference to our CO2 emissions."
The government says it wants 10% of energy to be supplied by renewables, including wind power, by 2010.