UK wind turbines storm US as home owners create own power

Posted on 10 Jan 2013

Evance Wind Turbines, a Leicestershire-based manufacturer of small wind turbines for farms, businesses and home owners, has become just the fourth company to achieve full certification in the US.

The UK-designed and manufactured Evance R9000 passed safety, function, performance and durability testing from .

The company already has small wind turbines installed across 17 US states but CEO Kevin Parslow says the new accreditation will see exports rise sharply to the US.

“To receive independent confirmation from the US Small Wind Certification Council promotes consumer confidence and industry credibility,” said Mr Parslow.

There has been a rise in the number of American residents installing their own renewable power.

Montana resident Mike Langert installed an Evance wind turbine for his energy efficient home, with well-planned windows, lighting, insulation, and a ground source heat pump heating and cooling system.

“But we still use 12,000 to 15,000kWh of electricity a year,” he explains. “The Evance turbine now generates up to 75% of our requirements so we are saving a substantial amount on energy costs and reducing our use of power generated from fossil fuels.”

Parslow added that the certificate will also “establish pathways to qualify for incentives.”

The wind power industry in the US received 42% of federal subsidies worth $5bnfor electricity generation in 2010.