SWCC’s Accreditation Extended to IEC Certifications

Clifton Park NY — Reflecting its increased organizational scope, the Small Wind Certification Council (SWCC) has obtained accreditation by American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) to certify medium-sized wind turbine models, defined as newly manufactured, electricity-producing wind turbines with a swept area greater than 200 square meters (about 50 kW).

A2LA’s extension grants accreditation for SWCC’s recently expanded Wind Turbine Performance Certification program that provides certified power and acoustic performance for medium wind turbines in accordance with IEC 61400-12-1 (Power) and IEC 61400-11 (Acoustics). In 2012, the Small Wind Certification Council (SWCC) obtained ISO Guide 65:1996 accreditation from A2LA to certify small wind turbines to AWEA Standard 9.1-2009.

In Related News: SWCC recently granted its first Wind Turbine Power Performance Certification for a medium wind turbine under IEC 61400-12-1 to the Endurance Wind Power E-3120, announced in the December SWCC Newsletter.

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First Medium Wind Applicant, Seventh Full SWCC Certification

With another wind turbine model receiving full SWCC certification and our first medium-sized application underway, certification continues to advance consumer protection against fraudulent claims and faulty equipment and help build the distributed wind industry’s reputation.

Although a few listings have expired, SWCC’s ranks continue to increase and additional certifications and testing milestones for both small and medium wind turbines are expected in the coming months.

SWCC continues to streamline and clarify its process and work with colleagues around the world to make sure that wind turbine standards are up-to-date.

Endurance S-343 Fully Certified, E-3120 and Dakota Under Contract

SWCC issued its seventh full certification to the Endurance S-343 in July 2013. The 5.4 kW horizontal axis wind turbine from Endurance Wind Power Inc. had previously been granted Limited Power Performance certification which allows SWCC to certify and publish Power Performance results while full certification is underway. The S-343 was tested at the Windward Engineering facility in Spanish Fork, Utah.

To compare all certification ratings and access summary reports, see smallwindcertification.org/certified-small-turbines/.

The Endurance E-3120 and Dakota Turbines’ DT-30 are now under contract with SWCC to pursue certification. The E-3120 is the first medium-sized turbine to seek certification through the SWCC with test results from the Utah Windward facility. The DT-30 is slated to be tested at the new High Plains Small Wind Test Center in Colby, Kansas.

For the full list of SWCC Applicants, see www.smallwindcertification.org/applicant-turbines