Application Process – Medium Turbines

SWCC certifies that medium wind turbines meet the requirements of IEC Standards:  IEC 61400-12-1 (Power Performance), IEC 61400-11 (Acoustic Performance), and IEC 61400-1 (Design).

1) Notice of Intent and Pending Applications
The first step in the SWCC application process is submitting a Notice of Intent form together with a Configuration Description form for each turbine, supporting documentation, and a Preliminary Review Fee. NOTE: SWCC advises applicants to submit NOIs before beginning testing to ensure that test plans conform to all requirements and documentation is obtained during testing. Especially for non-accredited test sites, it is advisable for SWCC to begin the site evaluation and test witnessing early in the process in order to avoid delays and added costs.

After the Applicant signs a customized Certification Agreement with SWCC detailing the turbine seeking certification, the test plans, requirements of the structural analysis, and Certification Fees, the Applicant can choose to allow SWCC to publicly identify the Applicant’s name and wind turbine model and be listed on the SWCC website with status designations Application Pending: Under Contract, Under Test, or Reports Submitted.

2) Testing
Certification applicants may choose to use an accredited or non-accredited laboratory or to conduct the testing themselves. Non-accredited testing organizations must agree to the required SWCC test site evaluation. All testing must comply with the IEC Standards and SWCC Policies. All testing costs will be the responsibility of the certification applicant.

You can download a list of potential test organizations that intend to test distributed wind turbines for the North American market. The list may not be all-inclusive. The list is not an endorsement of any test organization, only an informative list.

3) Certification
Certification applicants submit test reports and other application materials to SWCC to complete the application process. Certification fees are available in the SWCC Certification Policy. The SWCC Certification Commission will make the final certification decision.

Once a product has been certified, SWCC issues a summary report and certificate.

For more details, see the SWCC New Applications and the FAQ for Applicants pages.