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Wind Turbines installed in the State of Washington

Commercial wind turbines fit in a small segment of the wind market that lies between residential wind turbines and utility scale wind turbines. The segment has been active for decades but only recently has become an option for companies seeking to add renewable energy. There have been many innovations in the segment to add performance, reliability, and cost-effectiveness to this growing market.


Size/output comparison


Commercial wind turbines are usually defined as the capacity between 10kW and 100kW. This capacity is suited for manufacturing facilities, commercial buildings, large retail, government buildings, and farms. By adding multiple turbine systems to a site, an owner can scale the amount of electricity the turbines produce to match the needs of the facilities. At 10 kW, a system can produce about 10,000-15,000 kilowatt-hours in most conditions, while a 100kW system can produce well over 100,000 kilowatt-hours. The actual numbers will vary based on the site; for example, areas in the Great Plains and the coasts generally have more wind energy than most areas in the United States. The towers for commercial wind turbines typically range from 60 feet to 140 feet.


Residential wind turbines are usually defined as the area under 10kW. The wind turbine produces enough electricity to power a single residential home. The turbines are most often seen in rural areas as larger municipalities have zoning laws restricting heights on structures. Residential wind is the cheapest wind option but provides the least amount of electricity. One can expect about 1,000 -5,000 kilowatt-hours depending on the turbine size and the location. The tower height of residential wind is typically less than 60 feet.


Utility wind is the area above 100kW. Utility wind turbines have been pushing the capacity of their turbines from less than 1 GW a decade ago to about 7GW currently available. The utility wind turbines are often set on farms of 30 or more units in high wind areas to support the energy needs alternatively provided by fossil fuels. Utility wind towers are usually taller than 300 feet (and continue to get taller) and require the most set-back from property lines.  Utility wind can also encompass off shore wind turbines located in coastal waters.


Renewegy provides a 20kW commercial wind turbine that has been proven safe and reliable across the US. Click here to see the VP-20 Product Page.

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