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 www.smallwindcertification.org/certified-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

SWCC Certification Ranks: Nine Models and Growing, Medium Turbines Now Eligible

Clifton Park, NY – The Small Wind Certification Council (SWCC) has recently issued its fifth and sixth full certifications, with nine turbine models now SWCC-certified. With an additional final report submitted for SWCC certification review, six others under test, and three new applicants, more full certifications are expected soon, further advancing consumer protection against fraudulent claims and faulty equipment and helping to build the industry’s reputation.

Reflecting global momentum in wind turbine certification, SWCC has increased its services and now offers certification for power performance and acoustic performance based on requirements identified in IEC 61400-12-1 and IEC 61400-11 for turbines with rotor swept areas larger than 200 m2 designated “medium” sized. “With more agencies requiring certification for eligibility for state and federal incentives, it’s a big boost for the distributed wind industry to see a critical mass of leading turbine models certified,” SWCC Executive Director Larry Sherwood said. “In the upcoming year, we expect to confirm certification milestones and grant certification for even more small and medium turbine models.”  Read more here

Two More Turbines Join Certified Ranks

Evance R9000, Eveready Kestrel e400nb join Skystream 3.7 and Bergey Excel 10 in reaching full SWCC certification, four others provisionally certified

Clifton Park, NY – The Small Wind Certification Council (SWCC) has issued two new full certifications and consumer labels to the Evance R9000 and the Kestrel e400nb. Along with recent certification renewals of the Southwest Windpower Skystream 3.7 and the Bergey Excel 10, four turbine models are now fully certified through SWCC to the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) Small Wind Turbine Performance and Safety Standard.

“With more agencies requiring certification for eligibility for state and federal incentives, it’s a big boost for the small wind industry to see two more turbine models reach full certification,” SWCC Executive Director Larry Sherwood said. “In the upcoming year, we expect to confirm certification milestones and grant certification for even more small and medium turbine models.”  Read more here

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 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.

SWCC Issues Second Full Certification and Consumer Label

Southwest Windpower’s Skystream 3.7 is the second SWCC Applicant to receive a full Certification Application and Consumer Label as shown on the Certified Turbines Table.