The SWCC Board of Directors has established the SWCC Certification Commission to supervise the evaluation of turbines for SWCC Certification. The SWCC Commission is composed of three qualified and independent industry experts appointed by the Board of Directors and has been delegated the authority to review and approve small and medium wind turbine certification applications in consultation with the Technical Director. Among other responsibilities, and consistent with the SWCC Wind Turbine Certification Policies, the Commission:

  • Reviews, in consultation with the Technical Director, each certification application and relevant supporting information under the applicable SWCC Certification standards;
  • Determines by majority vote whether each certification application is granted, or rejected;
  • Determines whether each certification renewal application is granted, or rejected;
  • Determines whether a Certification Holder must submit a new certification application or if additional testing is required when a product has been modified;
  • Requires the submission of additional application renewal information when appropriate; and,
  • Reviews and determines the appropriateness of design changes related to certified small and medium wind turbines.

Current SWCC Commissioners

Dr. Nolan Clark, Agricultural Engineer P.E.
Dr. Clark conducted research on irrigation technologies and wind energy systems at the USDA Conservation and Production Research Laboratory in Bushland, Texas for 38 years. His research career began in 1971 and he served as the Laboratory Director from 1993 until retiring in 2009. His research experience included wind power for irrigation pumping, wind power for domestic and livestock water pumping, wind turbine performance, wind/hybrid generating systems, wind effects on sprinkler irrigation, groundwater management, microclimate, and animal waste management. Dr. Clark is a Registered Professional Engineer and received a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering from Texas Tech University in 1964; an M.S. in Agricultural Engineering from Mississippi State University in 1967; and a Ph.D in Agricultural Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1970. In 2003, Dr. Clark was named a Wind Energy Pioneer by the DOE Wind Powering America Program and in 2005 received an Award for Outstanding Contributions to the American Wind Energy Association. In 2009, he received an award from the Wind Powering America Program in recognition of leadership, dedication, and numerous contributions to small wind turbine applications.

Malcolm A. Lodge, P.Eng
Malcolm A. Lodge is founder and President of Island Technologies Incorporated, an electrical engineering and wind energy system consulting and design firm. Malcolm has thirty years experience in wind energy engineering and has designed, managed and constructed wind energy systems and projects worldwide. Mr. Lodge was founder, designer and manager from 1980 to 1990 of the Atlantic Wind Test Site (AWTS), Canada’s national laboratory for wind energy systems evaluation and testing. During this period he worked closely with other international wind energy research laboratories in the USA, Denmark, Netherlands, Greece, and Germany to develop standards for wind turbines and for development of wind-diesel technology. Mr. Lodge was founding president of the Canadian Wind Energy Association and has held many director positions in other renewable energy organizations, standards agencies and advisory groups to government. He received a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours Distinction from Nova Scotia Technical College in 1962 and a Masters in Engineering specializing in Control Systems Design in 1964. He has been awarded the R.J. Templin Award for outstanding contribution to the development of Canadian Wind Energy Technology.

Michael Klemen
Mr. Klemen holds a joint undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science (ABME) from Bucknell University. His hobby farm has been off-grid powered by a hybrid wind/PV system since he purchased it 15 years ago. He also installed wind turbines at his brother’s and sister’s sites, but they didn’t work as advertised. Given his background in engineering and computer science, it was a natural progression to install data acquisition systems at all three sites. After many hours crunching the data and analyzing how it was performing, he was able to reverse engineer the different failures they had. Over the years, he has flown about a dozen turbines, and several manufacturers have sent him turbines to fly and test for them. He wrote an article in 1997 for Home Power Magazine (#62) and serves as the moderator of the small-wind-home list on YahooGroups! He has presented results of his wind testing data at the Midwest Renewable Energy Association’s annual energy fair and AWEA’s Global Windpower conference, and in 2008 was invited to present at the Small Wind Turbine Testing Organization Workshop hosted by NREL at the National Wind Technology Center. He served on the Board of Directors for North Dakota Sustainable Energy for Economic Development and was a member of the working group that created the AWEA Small Turbine Testing Standards. He comes to the SWCC as an extremely educated consumer who understands how to interpret raw data.