Solar-powered cyclists complete 13,000 mile round the world trip

Two cyclists have completed a 13,000 mile round the world trip raising awareness of the important part solar power can play in a sustainable future.

Today (February 19) the two tired, but happy campaigners, Susie Wheeldon and Jamie Vining completed the trip, which has taken them nine months and through 14 countries.

Both, unsurprisingly, admitted being tired after the trip and looking forward to getting back to a normal life, but the pair said they'd really enjoyed the experience.

Watch the pair arrive home and talk about the trip on camera by clicking below

Three people set off on the trip starting in London then to France, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, China before finally reaching the US.

However, one cyclist had to return home early for a family matter, but the remaining two crossed seas and oceans by ferry and cargo ship in order to minimise the environmental impact of the journey.

The expedition raised thousands of pounds for SolarAid, a non-profit solar energy organisation for the developing world.

Just over a fortnight ago, to the delight of the cyclists, solar power industry and homeowners across the country, the Government announced the price to be paid to those generating solar electricity in the UK, known as solar 'Feed-in tariff' rates.

Heralded as 'revolutionary for UK solar power' by the UK solar energy company Solarcentury who backed the trip, the average home can now earn and save over £1,000 a year with a typical solar electric system, a return guaranteed for 25 years.

Luke Walsh


Cycling | solar


Energy efficiency & low-carbon
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