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First 13 turbines begin certification process with Small Wind Certification Council

SWCC has started the certification process for small wind turbines.

The small wind industry took a big step when the Small Wind Certification Council (SWCC) announced the first 13 turbine models that have begun the process of SWCC certification to the American Wind Energy Association Small Wind Turbine Performance and Safety Standard. SWCC began accepting applications in February to verify the durability, function, power performance, and acoustic characteristics of small wind turbines in accordance with the AWEA Standard. SWCC anticipates it will certify the first turbine by fall 2010. Most of the turbines with pending certification applications will receive certification decisions in 2011.

The SWCC has Pending Certification Applications from American Zephyr, Bergey Windpower, Cascade Engineering, Endurance Wind Power, Eveready Diversified Products, Renewegy, Seaforth Energy, Southwest Windpower, UrWind, Ventera Energy, and Xzeres Wind. For a complete list, including turbine models, see the SWCC website.

“It’s exciting to see so many turbine manufacturers submitting applications to the Small Wind Certification Council in its inaugural months,” said Larry Sherwood, Executive Director of the SWCC. “The standardized certification will be a big breakthrough that will help drive the growth of small wind.”

Certification will enable consumers to make more informed decisions about small wind turbines. But, more importantly, states and utilities can use SWCC certification as a means to qualify turbines that are eligible for incentives. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) accepts SWCC certification for qualification for rebates, and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) requires either SWCC certification or NYSERDA qualification. As of January 1, 2012, small wind turbines without certification will no longer be eligible for incentives from the Energy Trust of Oregon. Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy has established a new provisional incentive for small wind turbines pending certification.

Several other states and utilities have identified SWCC certification as a pathway to eligibility for incentives or expect to require certification as a requirement for eligibility for funding or interconnection, including programs in: California, Colorado, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, and Vermont.

SWCC certification is an independent confirmation that a small wind turbine has been tested and designed according to the requirements of the AWEA Standard. Visit www.smallwindcertification.org for more information on the certification process. SWCC will update the list of pending applications on its website as new pending applications are accepted.

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