On 15 June, tens of thousands of people from around the world joined in celebrating the enormous benefits of wind power during the first ever Global Wind Day. In a joint effort between the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and many national wind energy associations, over 200 events and activities were organised in 35 different countries, spreading the Wind Day messages to around a million people. Ranging from wind farm open days, conferences, exhibitions, workshops and information days to regattas, sporting contests and theatre shows, there was something for everyone, everywhere.
On Global Wind Day Megger riders raised wind power awareness and scholarship money by participating in a 180 mile motorcycle ride. On Monday, June 15 Rodney Vargas and Jeff Hyde of Megger joined riders from North Texas in the first annual Ride for Wind. The ride, organized by Shermco Industries, Inc. a leader in wind generator repair and maintenance was part of Global Wind Day 2009. Rodney, Jeff and the other riders braved 100+ degrees of pavement heat to raise money for a scholarship fund offered by Women of Wind Energy (WoWE). The ride started at 10 a.m. in Tin Top, Texas and ended 180 miles later at Possum Kingdom Lake passing wind farms in North Texas along the way. “We were happy to raise around $1800 for the WoWE group to help fund a scholarship,” Rodney said.
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