Importance of Wind Turbine Certification
Wind turbine certification provides assurance that turbine models have been evaluated for safety, performance, and functionality. The following are helpful resources.
- The Small Wind Certification Council provides independent, accredited certification of small and medium wind turbines and consumer information.
- The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL’s) National Wind Technology Center provides information about NREL’s small wind turbine testing and development. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and NREL have selected four partners (Intertek Testing Services NA, Inc. in New York, Kansas State University, The Alternative Energy Institute at West Texas A&M University, and Windward Engineering, LLC in Utah) to establish small wind Regional Test Centers to conduct tests on small wind turbines to meet national and international standards. Reports from these Regional Test Centers are available for consumers.
- The Interstate Turbine Advisory Council (ITAC) compiles a national unified list of small and mid-size wind turbines eligible for incentive funding from ITAC state and utility member programs. In addition to requiring certification for small wind turbines, ITAC reviews manufacturers’ consumer and dealer services, marketing consistency with third-party testing, turbine operational history, turbine warranty, and manufacturers’ response to technical problems, failures, and customer complaints. As a collaborative and common inventory of turbines, the unified list assures customers that tax or rate-payer funding fully supports the installation of reliable and safe technology as well as enables improvements in program consistency, transparency, and benefits.