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Gaia-Wind on First US List of “Incentive Eligible” Small Wind Turbines

May 17, 2012

Gaia-Wind, the UK's leading small wind turbine manufacturer, has been included in the United State's first Interstate Turbine Advisory Council (ITAC) Unified List of Small Wind Turbines. 

The Gaia-Wind 133-11kW turbine is the only non US manufactured product in its class on the list, which will be used by "clean energy" programmes across the United States to confirm turbines' eligibility for subsidy and incentive schemes.

The List provides these programs with “peer-reviewed, carefully-vetted turbines that have proven safety and reliability records and third-party certified power performance,” and the ITAC determined criteria are designed to:

  • increase consumer confidence in small wind technology;
  • provide consistency to public clean energy programs; and
  • ensure that tax- or rate-payer funding supports the installation of reliable and safe technology.

In addition to requiring certification to the American Wind energy Association (AWEA) 9.1-2009 small wind standard, ITAC reviewed manufacturers’ consumer and dealer services, marketing consistency with third-party testing, turbine operational history, turbine warranty, and manufacturers’ response to technical problems, failures, and customer complaints.

Mark Sinclair, Executive Director of Clean Energy States Alliance said:
"Having individual state lists of eligible wind turbines is inefficient and causes confusion in the marketplace, and managing these lists has proven a challenge for state clean energy funds.  It is vital for states to collaborate and share intelligence about past and present product performance, customer and dealer experiences and program challenges, and that's what ITAC's Unified List helps them do."

Six clean energy programs across the U.S. have already signed up to the Unified List: the Energy Trust of Oregon, the New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA), the California Energy Commission, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, the New Jersey Clean Energy Program, and Nevada Energy.

Gaia-Wind CEO Johnnie Andringa said:
“In the United States we are catching the wave of “Distributed Energy”: electricity being generated where it is used. Most often this means individual turbines for people trying to reduce their energy costs and make a contribution against climate change. We welcome the fact that, increasingly, renewables companies have got to be able to back up their sales claims with the facts. The List is based on rigorous scrutiny which is vital to taking the industry forward.”

The accolade comes at a crucial time for Gaia-Wind following a record export order of some 50 turbines to the US. That £1.5m order, which will more than double sales in this market, came after Gaia-Wind swept the board in the annual survey of US small wind turbine industry professionals.* 
 
Notes to Editors:

1. For further information call Martin Paterson on 07920715345, email martinp@patersoncomms.co.uk  or visit www.gaia-wind.com

2. Gaia-Wind Ltd is a manufacturer of world leading high performance Small Wind Turbines, servicing farms, rural properties, businesses, and community projects.   The company is headquartered in Glasgow, with offices in Denmark and Italy and has appointed distributors in England, Ireland, and the US.

3. More than 500 Gaia-Wind turbines have been “in the ground” for a combined operational time of more than 14 million hours. That’s over 1,500 years. In Denmark, 77 of our Gaia-Wind turbines have been running for more than 10 years.

4. Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to advancing state and local efforts to implement smart clean energy policies, programs, technology innovation, and financing tools to drive increased investment and market making. CESA works with the leading state and public clean energy programs and provides information sharing and technical assistance to states and local governments on “best in class” clean energy programs and policies. For more information, visit www.cleanenergystates.org

5. *The survey was conducted by world famous wind energy experts, Ian Woofenden & Mick Sagrillo, and published in the June/July edition of Home Power 143, June & July 2011, www.homepower.com  

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