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THE AWESOME POWER OF THE WIND

What does it feel like to stand on top of a wind turbine? This simple thought captured the imagination of business-school grad Denzil McKinzie, and changed the course of his life. Upon graduating, he traveled to Europe, where he saw the wind turbines spinning endlessly in the choppy Danish Sea for the first time. The sight was simply awe-inspiring. He now builds and climbs these pinwheel-like spires, and shares the incredible 360-degree views from the top whenever he can.

A PASSION FOR THE PLANET.

The first time he saw a wind turbine, he knew he wanted to be a part of this world. “I wanted to put those up; I wanted to know how they worked,” Denzil says. “I just thought they were amazingly beautiful.” Beyond the aesthetics, Denzil believes strongly in the work that goes on behind the scenes to sow the seeds for a sustainable future for our planet.

RISK-TAKING IN A BARREN LANDSCAPE.

Upon returning home to California from his European tour, he joined a renewable energy company and began his journey. He spends most of the year traveling all over the United States and Canada, erecting spires and assembling the turbines. The work happens in windy locations where extreme temperatures and conditions are the norm. The opportunity to work on these incredibly advanced pieces of machinery, and to take a bit of risk, makes the job all the more exciting for Denzil.

"WHEN I SEE A WIND TURBINE SPINNING, AT THE END OF THE DAY, IT'S AWESOME. THAT GIVES ME A SENSE OF FULFILLMENT."

CONSTRUCTING A BETTER FUTURE.

The three to seven months of hard work that go into installing a wind farm can be grueling. “This is not the most glamorous job,” Denzil says. The payoff for him when the turbines start rotating for the first time is not only “an amazing, awesome sight,” but also the contribution he gets to make toward creating more renewable energy for the planet.

"EACH WIND TOWER IS A MONUMENT ITSELF. IT'S A MONUMENT TO RENEWABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY."