NREL Announces New CIP Funding for Wind Turbine Preliminary Reviews
New funding covers the costs of Preliminary Reviews conducted by SWCC for wind turbine manufacturers.
Brea, Calif. – The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has announced a new subcontract with the Small Wind Certification Corporation (ICC-SWCC) under the Competitiveness Improvement Project (CIP). The subcontract will enable ICC-SWCC to waive the $3,000 fee for the Preliminary Reviews conducted for wind turbine manufacturers interested in certification for small and medium wind turbines. The subcontract will run through November, 2024.
Under ICC-SWCC’s certification program, Preliminary Reviews are a required first step to qualify. Manufacturers submit key information on their turbine, to allow ICC-SWCC to confirm eligibility for certification. They then outline the specific testing and analyses that will be required to proceed with an application for certification. This is formalized in an agreement provided to the manufacturer, along with application fees. ICC-SWCC strongly recommends that potential applicants go through the process prior to testing for certification to ensure that costly and time-consuming testing is done in a way that will meet the specific requirements applicable to their turbine. But if manufacturers have already conducted previous testing, the Preliminary Review process will examine the usefulness of that testing for ICC-SWCC certification. If gaps in testing exist, the Review will identify the additional testing required.
The Small Wind Certification Council (ICC-SWCC), a program of the ICC Evaluation Service, is accredited to certify small and medium 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 of turbine performance. ICC-SWCC is a program of ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES), the United States’ leading evaluation and certification service for innovative building and plumbing products. Building officials, architects, contractors, specifiers, designers and incentive programs utilize ICC-SWCC certifications to provide the basis for using or approving renewable energy products.
About NREL’s CIP Program
NREL’s Competitiveness Improvement Project (CIP) provides financial and technical support to manufacturers of small wind turbines, on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Wind Energy Technologies Office.