In This Issue
New IRS Rules and SWCC Policy Changes
SWCC Webinar: New IRS Requirements for Small and Medium Turbines
Applicant Updates
Test Site Highlight: High Plains Small Wind Test Center
SWCC's Board Election Results
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SWCC thanks the U.S. Department of Energy, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, and other sponsors for financial assistance they have provided to SWCC to assist with the start-up of the small wind turbine certification program.
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March 2015   


The IRS issued a rule that effectively requires certification for small and medium wind turbines. This is the latest step in the development of robust certification requirements in the United States. Since the adoption of the AWEA Standard in 2009, most states with incentive programs have added eligibility requirements for wind turbines to be certified. More recently, the Interstate Turbine Advisory Council (ITAC) has established a unified list of qualified turbines that most states use. The federal requirement is the latest step in this journey. We describe the new IRS rule in this newsletter and have scheduled a webinar for April 8 to provide more details.


Certification activity has increased this past quarter and you can read below about the updates to the SWCC Certified and Application Lists.


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New IRS Rules and SWCC Policy Changes   

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued Notice 2015-4 providing new performance and quality requirements for 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).


Effective February 2, 2015, the guidance requires qualifying manufacturers to show that their wind turbines meet the requirements of either: (1) American Wind Energy Association Small Wind Turbine Performance and Safety Standard 9.1-2009 (AWEA); or (2) International Electrotechnical Commission 61400-1, 61400-12, and 61400-11 (IEC). Certification is the best way to show conformance to the requirements and must be issued by an eligible certifier, including SWCC. Documentation establishing that the wind turbine meets the new requirements must be provided to taxpayers in order to claim the tax credit.


The pathway for wind turbines with swept area of 200 m2 or less is well-established and many SWCC applicants can already provide evidence of certification to AWEA Standard 9.1-2009, or are making significant progress toward this credential. To aid suppliers of wind turbines with swept areas greater than 200 m2 in conforming to the new IRS requirements, SWCC now offers a new Design Certification service according to IEC 61400-1 in addition to our existing Power and Acoustic Certification services according to IEC 61400-12-1 and IEC 61400-11. You will find the details of this new program in the proposed new version of Policy SWCC4, SWCC's Medium Wind Turbine Certification Policy, which is found at


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SWCC Webinar:  New IRS Requirements for Small and Medium Turbines

April 8, 2015, 1 - 2pm EDT (noon CDT, 11am MDT, 10am PDT)


The Small Wind Certification Council (SWCC) will host a free webinar on how certification is being used to meet the new Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requirements for small and medium wind turbines that went into effect February 2015. Martha Garcia from the Office of Associate Chief Counsel, US Treasury, will be on hand to help navigate the new requirements in the Internal Revenue Code; Brent Summerville, Technical Director of the SWCC, will present on how certification is used to help taxpayers show that their wind turbine meets the necessary performance and quality standards; and Bret Barker from the US Department of Energy (DOE) Wind and Water Program will present on DOE programs supporting certification and quality assurance of wind turbines. All will be available for questions.


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Applicant Updates

SWCC applicants continue to make progress through the process of certification. Since the last newsletter, SWCC granted full certification  to the Xzeres 442SR  

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and Limited Power Performance (LPP) Certification to the Pika T701 (left photo).  


In December, SWCC granted renewal of the Xzeres Skystream 3.7 certification, and the Dakota DT-30 went under test at the High Plains Small Wind Test Center in Colby, Kansas. In January, the EcoVert75 from Inerjy, a vertical axis wind turbine, was placed under contract with SWCC for certification to AWEA Standard 9.1-2009 and was installed at the UL/WTAMU Advanced Wind Turbine Test Facility in Canyon, Texas.

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Test Site Highlight:  High Plains Small Wind Test Center


SWCC technical personnel recently conducted on-site witnessing of the testing of the Dakota DT-30 at the High Plains Small Wind Test Center in Colby, Kansas. This test site is run is one of three Regional Test Centers receiving support from the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL). The test site is located on flat, agricultural land near the small west Kansas town of Colby and is operated by Dr. Ruth Douglas Miller of Kansas State University and Barry Kaaz of Colby Community College. In addition to the DT-30 from Dakota Turbines, the High Plains facility is also testing the T701 from Pika Energy.


For more information on the NREL regional test centers:  


For more information on the High Plains Small Wind Test Center: 


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SWCC's Board Election Results 

In December 2014, the following three new SWCC Directors were elected:




Lise Trudeau 

Minnesota Department of  Commerce  

St. Paul, MN 






    Andrew Hickok
Pika Energy
Westbrook, ME

        David Carr
    Frank Williams College
    Borger, TX




The Board also elected the following officers for the upcoming year:

  • President: Trudy Forsyth, Broomfield, CO
  • Vice President: David Laino, Endurance Windpower
  • Secretary: Ken Jurman, Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy
  • Treasurer: Mike Bergey, Bergey Windpower

SWCC thanks for the following former directors who retired from the Board:

  • Megan Amsler, Cape and Islands Self-Reliance
  • Robert Foster, New Mexico State University
  • Tal Mamo, United Wind
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