Wind Turbine Certification and Incentive Eligibility

For the most current incentive information, please visit the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) at the following link: and use the keywords below to search through the “Programs” section of the website.

The following programs require certification for wind turbines to qualify for incentives:

IRS U.S. Internal Revenue Service
The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued Notice 2015-4 providing new performance and quality standards that require certification of small wind turbines – defined as having a nameplate capacity of up to 100 kW – in order to qualify for the 30% federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC). DSIRE keywords: Business Energy Investment

Many suppliers of distributed wind turbines have been actively pursuing certification since 2010. More than a dozen models have completed the process and several others are actively under way. The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) maintains a list of ratings of fully certified turbines for the U.S. market which can be found here:  

IL Illinois Solar and Wind Energy Rebate Program
Wind turbines certified to the AWEA Standard receive $1.75/watt or $2.60/watt for nonprofit and public applications; those not certified are eligible for a lower rebate of $1.00/watt. DSIRE keywords: Wind Energy Rebate

MA Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC)
Discussion of SWCC requirement: DSIRE keywords: Commonwealth Wind

NV NV Energy WindGenerations Incentive Program
DSIRE keywords: RenewableGenerations

NY New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
DSIRE keywords: On-Site Wind

OR Energy Trust of Oregon
DSIRE keywords: Energy Trust of Oregon

The following programs are expected to require certification for wind turbines to qualify for incentives:

CA California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) Self-Generation Incentive Program
DSIRE keywords: Self-Generation

IA Iowa Energy Center Alternate Energy Revolving Loan Program (AERLP)
DSIRE keywords: Alternate Energy Revolving 

The Interstate Turbine Advisory Council (ITAC) is an alliance of clean energy programs and utility incentive providers working jointly to tackle the challenges, and promote the potential, of the small and medium wind market.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind and Water Power Technologies Office (WWPTO) also recommends turbine certification as a means of consumer and stakeholder protection. WWPTO encourages that public funds be provided only for wind turbines that have been tested and certified for safety, function, performance, and durability. The DOE memorandum on Quality Assurance through Wind Turbine Certification Requirements can be found here:

The following programs may establish certification criteria for wind turbines:

CO Colorado Energy Office Direct Lending Revolving Loan Program DSIRE keywords: Direct Lending

MD Maryland Energy Administration Windswept Grant Program DSIRE keywords: Windswept

MN Minnesota Department of Commerce

Past programs that required wind turbine certification:

CA California Energy Commission (CEC) Emerging Renewables Program Rebates? DSIRE keywords: Self-Generation

ME Efficiency Maine Trust – Wind Energy Incentives DSIRE keywords: Maine Trust

VT Vermont Small-Scale Renewable Energy Incentive Program?
DSIRE keywords: Small-Scale

WI Focus on Energy DSIRE keywords: Focus on Energy