IRS to Small Wind Manufacturers and Consumers: Certification Necessary to Qualify for 30% Tax Credit
The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued Notice 2015-4 providing new performance and quality standards that require certification of small wind turbines - defined as having a nameplate capacity of up to 100 kW - in order to qualify for the 30% federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC).
Certification of Wind Turbines Hits Its Stride
It has long been a goal of many in the small wind industry to certify wind turbines so that consumers can accurately compare the wide variety of wind turbine products on the market. Currently, two organizations, the Small Wind Certification Council [SWCC] and Intertek, award certifications to qualified small wind turbines, providing independent confirmation by an accredited certification body that the wind turbine has been tested and designed according to the requirements of the AWEA Standard.