Certification gives consumers confidence that Skystream 3.7 upholds claims for safety, acoustics and performance
DENVER – January 4, 2012 – Southwest Windpower, the world’s leading manufacturer of small-scale wind generators, announced today that it has received certification for its Skystream 3.7 wind generator by the Small Wind Certification Council (SWCC). Third party, Independent certification ensures consumers that the Skystream 3.7 meets standards for performance, durability, safety and acoustics.
SWCC assesses and verifies the accuracy of data for the performance and safety of small wind turbines in accordance with criteria established by the American Wind Energy Association. The SWCC Certification is based on an evaluation of the wind turbine design (structural analysis) and field testing (power performance test, acoustic sound test, safety and function test, and duration test). The SWCC label is similar to automobile window stickers used to report mileage performance expectations and other data to potential car buyers.
With SWCC certification, businesses, consumers, utilities can compare products and gain greater confidence that Skystream 3.7 has been independently tested and meets requirements of consensus standards. Certification elevates the entire industry by preventing unethical marketing and false claims, ensuring consumer protection and industry credibility.
Designed specifically for businesses and homes, Skystream 3.7 is the first all-inclusive personal wind generator with controls and an inverter built-in, which simplifies the installation process. Skystream 3.7 is a down-wind (wind hits the blades on the downwind side of the tower), direct drive (gearless), permanent magnet wind generator More than 8000 Skystreams have been installed around the world since its introduction in 2006.
About Southwest Windpower
Southwest Windpower has been designing and distributing small wind turbines since 1987 and is the recognized global leader in small wind as well as wind-solar hybrid systems (160-3000 watts). The company has been a pioneer in the development of wind technology and has built and shipped more than 170,000 wind turbines to over 120 countries worldwide and has sales representation in more than 88 countries. The company manufacturers its products in Flagstaff, Arizona and has offices in Denver, Colorado and a sales office and distribution center in Cologne, Germany. Applications for Southwest Windpower systems include residential homes, commercial properties, micro grids, remote cabins, telecom transmitters, offshore platforms, water pumping and sailboats. Southwest Windpower is the manufacturer of Skystream, Whisper and AIR lines of wind energy systems.
About the Small Wind Certification Council
The SWCC is an independent certification body that certifies small wind turbines that meet or exceed the requirements of the American Wind Energy Association’s Small Wind Turbine Performance and Safety Standard. Designed to promote consumer confidence and mainstream acceptance of small wind technology, SWCC certification standardizes North American reporting of turbine energy and sound performance.
SWCC issues certified turbines easy-to-understand labels with Rated Annual Energy Output, Rated Power, and Rated Sound Level. The labels also confirm that certified turbines meet durability and safety requirements of the AWEA Standard. SWCC publishes power curves, annual energy performance curves, measured sound pressure levels, and other technical information for each model certified.