State representatives, industry officials, and some people who just want to come along for the ride are taking a bicycle tour across states in the Midwest to get familiar with renewable energy.Howard, South Dakota – September 15, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] The group visited Energy Maintenance Service (EMS), a wind turbine remanufacturing facility, in South Dakota to launch the Green Bike tour 2004, and draw attention to the potential of renewable energy development for the area. Wind power has a strong foothold in southeastern South Dakota. The town of Howard was the first municipality in the state to own and operate wind turbines. Canova and Carthage have also commissioned some turbines. “We are very excited for a chance to see the EMS facility,” said David Osterberg, executive director of the Iowa Policy Project. The project is sponsoring the tour in conjunction with the Minnesota-based League of Rural Voters. Rural communities in South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin will host stops on the tour. Riders won’t pedal their way through all four states. Each destination will include a one-hour bike ride and then a facility tour. Three of the bikes on the tour will carry solar panels that should produce enough electricity to power uphill rides, or to play music when the ride itself needs something a little extra. Tour stops include ethanol plants as well as more wind developments. To keep track of the tour and see pictures from the journey please visit the link below.