The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) adopted the Small Wind Turbine Performance and Safety Standard. The Small Wind Certification Council and other certification bodies will certify turbines to this standard. This voluntary standard establishes uniform procedures to test and evaluate small wind turbines with swept areas of 200 square meters or less (up to approximately 65 kilowatts of power capacity), which comprise a large portion of the home, farm, and business small wind market segments.
The standard was finalized in December 2009 by the AWEA Standards Coordinating Committee (SCC), a voluntary consensus standards developer in accordance with guidelines from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The final standard can now be downloaded from AWEA’s website (http://www.awea.org/smallwind/documents/AWEA_Small_Turbine_Standard_Adopted_Dec09.pdf).