The Small Wind Certification Council (ICC-SWCC), an independent ISO/IEC 17065 accredited certification body, certifies wind turbines that meet or exceed the requirements of specified Standards. Designed to promote consumer confidence and mainstream acceptance of small and medium wind technology, ICC-SWCC certification standardizes North American reporting turbine energy and sound performance.

ICC-SWCC issues certified turbines easy-to-understand labels with Rated Annual Energy Output, Rated Power, and Rated Sound Level. The labels also confirm that certified turbines meet durability and safety requirements of the AWEA Standard (AWEA 9.1-2009). ICC_SWCC publishes Power Curves, Annual Energy Performance Curves, measured sound pressure levels, and other technical information for each model certified.

ICC-SWCC Benefits for Suppliers

  • Increased mainstream credibility
  • Conformity with performance and safety standards
  • Published power curves and sound levels

ICC-SWCC Benefits for Consumers

  • Comparison shopping
  • Ratings on easy-to-understand labels
  • Established pathways to qualify for incentives

SWCC began to accept certification applications in February 2010 and awarded its first full certification in November 2011.

Joining ICC-ES

The Small Wind Certification Council joined the ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES)  in November, 2016, and in the process became known as ICC-SWCC. ICC-ES is a nonprofit, limited liability company that does technical evaluations of building products, components, methods, and materials, and is a member of the International Code Council family of companies. This gives SWCC customers and consumers greater resources to draw upon when developing or considering the addition of small and medium wind power alternatives to augment the energy efficiency and resilience of homes, building and communities.