Requirements for wind turbines with a rotor swept area of 200 m2 or less

Prior to applying to the Interstate Turbine Advisory Council (ITAC) for consideration for the ITAC list of wind turbines and, for those turbines already listed, to remain in good standing with ITAC, turbine manufacturers must be able to demonstrate that their turbine meets the following requirements. See "Maintaining Good Standing" guidance document.

1. Turbine is certified to the American Wind Energy Association Small Wind Turbine Performance and Safety Standard (AWEA 9.1-2009) standard by an accredited, independent, third-party certification body. Exceptions may be made for turbines that are near certification and have third-party test reports, preferably certified power performance reports. Manufacturers must have extensive operational history and have other certified turbine models. Please contact us to inquire whether you might qualify.

Turbines certified under the UK’s Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) must either obtain SWCC CTC or have their MCS certification confirmed by Intertek.  MCS reports shall be publicly available.

2.  The turbine, tower and all major components must offer a 5-year parts warranty. If the turbine manufacturer warranty does not cover the tower or all major components, the manufacturers of these items must also offer a 5-year parts warranty. For turbines manufactured outside the United States, manufacturer must have a designated U.S. representative to facilitate warranty requests and respond in a timely manner to customer, dealer and incentive program inquiries.

3.  Marketing material must not be misleading. Specifically, the technical specifications, power and energy production information listed on marketing materials, including websites, must be consistent with the test results certified to AWEA 9.1-2009. In the case of turbines without full certification to AWEA 9.1-2009, this information must match the results of the most recently published third-party testing results for the turbine.

4. Manufacturer must offer a dealer training program that includes hands-on installation training, or provide on-site installation training, in North America.

5. Manufacturers must be able to document that they have taken appropriate action to correct chronic technical problems with the turbine reported by customers, dealers, or other third parties that have resulted in: nuisance acoustic emissions above those documented through testing and certification; intermittent operation under normal operating conditions; early component wear or failure under normal operating conditions and maintenance.  Appropriate action includes development of an engineering response plan and documentation of how the problem was addressed in the manufacturing line and for turbines experiencing problems in the field.

6. Manufacturers must be able to document that they have taken appropriate action to respond to all catastrophic failures of the turbine. Appropriate action includes: rapid communication to all affected parties about any potential safety concerns; completion of a full failure analysis, preferably with the involvement of a third-party, within six months of the failure; identification the point(s) of failure; development of an engineering response plan that includes both manufacturing modifications and field repair strategy for installed turbines; follow-up communication to all affected parties about the resolution.

7. Manufacturers must resolve customer or dealer complaints, informally or formally.

Download the Application Form

ITAC Application Form (Word) (February 2013)
ITAC Application Form (PDF) (February 2013)

(February 2013)