“Bike The Sun” – Back and Better than Ever!

I’m very excited to announce the initial details of #BikeTheSun 2018. Training has started for a 1600+ km bike route around the upper midwest to visit 40 utility-scale solar sites.  More importantly, we plan to raise an additional $20,000 for the UW-Madison Chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) to help with the design and install of a 15-kW distributed solar system at the Hogar Albergue para Niños Jesus de Nazaret in Puerto Rico. The bike trip will begin on the morning of June 1st and will roughly follow the route shown below:

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I can’t wait to start discussions with some corporate sponsors to move this activity to fruition. Last year’s #BikeTheWind tour was phenomenally successful with the following media stats:

  • 28.6k Twitter impressions and 1700 profile visits
  • 40k Facebook impressions
  • 5k+ page views of BikeTheWind.wordpress.com from 1000 unique visitors from 35 countries
  • Local/Regional Media coverage from WKOW’s Wake up Wisconsin, WSAW, WEAU, WKTB, KTIV, and a dozen newspapers
  • Radio Interviews on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Larry Meiller Show and Carol Koby’s All About Living
  • Coverage from many trade publications including North American Windpower, CleanChoice Energy, Renewable Energy World, and Windpower Engineering and Development

Please let me know if your company would like to support this “learning by doing” project with Engineers Without Borders to not only promote solar energy around the upper Midwest, but to also directly help a meaningful, long-term value-add project for displaced children in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. Hope to hear from you and ON WISCONSIN!

Jim

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