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Clean Energy Group ITAC Press Release

MONTPELIER, Vt. – Jan. 30, 2014, the Interstate Turbine Advisory Council (ITAC), a project of the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), added the Osiris 10 and Kestrel e400nb, two fully certified small wind turbines, to its Unified List of wind turbines.. The turbines join six others on ITAC’s small wind turbine list; these turbines meet ITAC’s listing requirements, a unique set of eligibility criteria that address both the business practices of manufacturers and the performance and reliability of turbines with a rotor swept area of less than 200m2 (meters squared). The list is used by ITAC-member clean energy programs across the United States that have pooled resources to efficiently review and evaluate turbines. The list has been developed to boost consumer confidence in distributed wind and to ensure that taxpayer and rate-payer funding supports the installation of reliable and safe wind energy technology.

The Osiris 10 is a new entrant to the U.S. market—only two units are in operation here. The turbine is manufactured by global small wind turbine system manufacturer, Osiris Energy, headquartered in Shanghai. In October of 2013, the Osiris 10 achieved certification to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) 9.1 standard from Intertek, a nationally recognized testing laboratory. The turbine exceeded the standard’s duration test criteria of 90% with an impressive overall operational time of 99.6%. Additionally, the turbine has achieved IEC 61400-2 certification.

The addition of these turbines to the ITAC Unified List will increase customers’ choices; the Osiris 10 is an ideal candidate for lower wind speed locations due to its direct drive permanent magnet generator which allows for high efficiency and high production, with a start-up speed as low as 2.5 m/s.

To view the list of ITAC turbine requirements and the full list of qualified turbines, please visit ITAC’s web page

View the full PR, click here.

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In the middle of snowstorm, I am still feeling gratitude for this trip to east coast. I met wonderful people. I also got some answers to a question which puzzled me, “Why small wind turbine industry is small, standing on the sideline watching the takeoff of the other renewable energy industries?”

The small wind industry went through a tough period in the last three years. Many professionals left the industry, while the remaining found it harder to find customers. We cannot simply blame solar industry for stealing the market share. Five reasons emerges from my conversations with people in the industry.

The first reason is lack of small wind turbine standard during the early stage of adoption. Both installers and customers were in the dark during equipment selection. Poor quality turbines flooded the market, damaging the trust of customers to this burgeoning industry. It’ll take some time to regain customer confidence after the establishment of the AWEA 9.1 standard.

The second reason is undisciplined dealer network. Driven by profit, some manufacturers took on dealers without due diligence, resulting in unattainable sales claims, inappropriate equipment recommendation, poor installation, or lack of maintenance. This practice not only left a bad taste in the mouth of customers, but also created a challenging environment for good installers.

The third reason is insufficient dealer support. Dealers are traditionally viewed as “outsiders” vs. partners for a manufacturer. Some distributors, instead of providing value-added services, became a barrier for communication between dealers and customers. Dealers may have to fight their own battle in this challenging environment.

The forth reason is excessive zoning requirements with decentralized decision making at the township level. This practice not only increases the installation cost but also turning way the customers who may have expressed early interest. Unfavorable industry stories contribute to even more stringent zoning requirements, becoming a vicious cycle.

The five reason is financing. The finance institutes hesitate to embrace small wind technology considering its “in-consistent” power output, complex technology and associated maintenance risks. The high upfront cost impacts adoption though customers will have an opportunity to enjoy free energy for many years after a short payback period. I would like to put financing on the last point as its alone won’t be able to save the industry.

It is a tough time. Yet, I sense hope in the small wind industry. The small wind professionals who chose to stay in the industry are wonderful people. They love the small wind technologies. They are passionate about their work. They care about the environment and sustainability. They are the hope to create a new set of rules for the game to grow the industry.

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People frequently asked us to clarify the following terms applied for small wind turbines: InterTek, SWCC and AWEA 9.1. I hope this article can shed some light on it.

Intertek provided testing and certification services for Osiris 10 small wind turbines according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) 9.1 Standard.

SWCC – Small Wind Certification Council, also provides testing and certification to the AWEA 9.1 Standard.

Both InterTek and SWCC are authorized testing agents. Below are the explanation from InterTek.

Our Accreditations (InterTek)
As an OSHA accredited Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL), Intertek can provide both testing and certification to the AWEA standard. Separate Small Wind Certification Council (SWCC) certification is NOT required. With Intertek the cost of certification is included with the testing. There are no separate fees for notice of intent or issuance of certification.

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