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3rd Full Certification Issued

Evance R9000 Fully Certified

Evance R9000 On December 18, 2012, SWCC granted full certification of the R9000 from Evance Wind Turbines. The Evance 9000 is designed and manufactured in the UK and has also achieved certification according to the Microgeneration Certification Scheme using BRE Global as the certification body. SWCC has signed a reciprocity agreement with BRE Global which enabled us to use much of the work conducted in the UK for granting our own certification to AWEA Standard 9.1-2009.

The Evance R9000 is a 3-blade, upwind, horizontal axis wind turbine with a swept area of 23.8 m2. The AWEA Rated Annual Energy is 9,160 kWh, AWEA Rated Sound Level is 45.6 dB(A) and the AWEA Rated Power is 4.1 kW at 11 m/s. The SWCC Consumer Label, Certificate and Summary Report can be found here.

Additional Wind Turbines Provisionally Certified

The SWCC has issued its first Limited Power Performance (LPP) certification to the Endurance Wind Power S-343, and its sixth Conditional Temporary Certification (CTC) to the Eveready Kestrel e400nb 250, increasing the tally of turbine models partially or fully SWCC-certified.

SWCC issued its first two full certifications and consumer labels in late 2011 to the Bergey Windpower Excel 10 and the Southwest Windpower Skystream 3.7. The consumer labels show the Rated Annual Energy, the Rated Sound Level and Rated Power, and SWCC Summary Reports provide each turbine’s respective tabulated power curve and acoustic data, tower design requirements, and confirm that each meets all the AWEA Standard’s requirements on durability, mechanical strength, safety and function.

SWCC has also awarded conditional certification to the Evance R9000, the Evoco 10 kW, the Kingspan KW6, the Gaia Wind GW 133 – 11kW, and the Xzeres-442SR. Before SWCC releases consumer labels for limited and conditionally certified turbine models, these applicants must meet a few additional requirements of the AWEA Standard and submit a full application package, including acoustics data analysis, to SWCC for evaluation.

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SWCC Issues Fifth Conditional Temporary Certification

The SWCC is pleased to grant its fifth Conditional Temporary Certifications to another small wind turbine model certified under the UK’s Microgeneration Certification Scheme, shown on the SWCC Applicant Status Table.

SWCC Conditional Temporary Certification status indicates that the turbine has been tested and certified to the BWEA Standard, but certain requirements of the AWEA Standard have not been met. The SWCC may require that the Applicant satisfy additional requirements within the 18-month Conditional Certification period to be eligible for full SWCC Certification.

As described in the SWCC Certification Policy, SWCC labels, certificates and summary reports are pending for such turbines until Conditional Temporary Certifications become full Certifications.

A2LA Accredits Small Wind Certification Council

Allows International Recognition of SWCC Ratings

The Small Wind Certification Council (SWCC) has obtained ISO Guide 65 accreditation from the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) to certify small wind turbines to AWEA Standard 9.1-2009.

Accreditation to ISO Guide 65 ensures the universal recognition of SWCC turbine certifications worldwide, while ensuring that certification activities are conducted impartially, systematically and in a uniform manner. Guide 65 ensures that the resulting product certifications are consistent with international standards and based on objective testing.

A2LA’s accreditation of SWCC “demonstrates technical competence for a defined scope and the operation of a quality management system,” according to A2LA President & CEO Peter Unger.  Download the full press release

A2LA Accreditation Granted

The American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) has accredited SWCC to certify wind turbines to AWEA and IEC Standards. Read more here

SWCC Issues First Two Full Certifications

Bergey Excel and Skystream Issued First Small Wind Consumer Labels

The Small Wind Certification Council (SWCC) has issued its first two full certifications and consumer labels to the Bergey Windpower Excel 10 and the Southwest Windpower Skystream 3.7.

“The full certification of two turbine models is a major leap forward in establishing consistent consumer ratings and aiding incentive programs with determining eligibility,” noted SWCC Executive Director Larry Sherwood. “Our labels allow easier comparison shopping and will help small wind turbines gain mainstream acceptance.”

SWCC expects to issue more full certifications in the coming months, as more incentive programs initiate certification requirements. Sixteen of the remaining 27 turbine models under contract to pursue SWCC certification have either started or completed testing. Three turbine models have been granted Conditional Temporary Certification based on certification from the UK’s Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS). To be granted full SWCC certification, Conditional Temporary Certified turbines must meet the full requirements of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Small Wind Turbine Performance and Safety Standard and complete the SWCC review process.    Download the full press release.