Celebrating Global Wind Day

| January 18, 2017

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Organised by EWEA (European Wind Energy Association) and the GWEC (Global Wind Energy Council) the day celebrates all things wind. This includes discovering the power of wind energy and the potential it holds to revolutionise the world.

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