Evance Wind Turbines, a manufacturer of small wind turbines, has received full certification from the Small Wind Certification Council (SWCC) for its 5kW R9000 turbine. The SWCC is a U.S.-based independent body that certifies small turbines for performance and safety. The Evance R9000 successfully passed rigorous safety, function, performance and durability testing, in accordance with the American Wind Energy Association Standard (AWEA), to become one of only four turbines to achieve full certification from the SWCC.
Kevin Parslow, CEO of Evance Wind Turbines said, “It is great news that we have received full SWCC certification for our R9000 turbine. There are R9000 small wind turbines installed across some 17 states, and we’re looking to expand this significantly during 2013. Customers already know our turbine is highly efficient and durable; however, it’s good to receive independent confirmation from the SWCC – not only promoting consumer confidence and industry credibility, but also helping to establish pathways to qualify for incentives.”
Mike Langert, who lives in Montana, installed a R9000 to generate wind energy to power his home. “Our home has been built to be energy efficient – with well-planned windows, lighting, insulation, and a GSHP heating/cooling system – but we still use 12,000 to 15,000kWh of electricity a year. With the Evance turbine now generating up to 75 percent of our requirements, we are saving a substantial amount on energy costs and reducing our use of power generated from fossil fuels,” explained Langert.
The Evance R9000 is a UK-designed and manufactured 3-blade, upwind, horizontal axis wind turbine with a swept area of 23.8 m2. The AWEA Rated Annual Energy is 9,160kWh, for one year based on an average wind speed of 5 m/s (11.2 mph), and the AWEA Rated Power is 4.7kW at 11 m/s.