How much do wind turbines cost?


Home or Farm Scale Wind Turbines

Wind turbines under 100 kilowatts cost roughly $3,000 to $8,000 per kilowatt of capacity. A 10 kilowatt machine (the size needed to power a large home) might have an installed cost of $50,000-$80,000 (or more).

Wind turbines have significant economies of scale. Smaller farm or residential scale turbines cost less overall, but are more expensive per kilowatt of energy producing capacity. Oftentimes there are tax and other incentives that can dramatically reduce the cost of a wind project.

Commercial Wind Turbines

The costs for a utility scale wind turbine range from about $1.3 million to $2.2 million per MW of nameplate capacity installed. Most of the commercial-scale turbines installed today are 2 MW in size and cost roughly $3-$4 million installed. 

Total costs for installing a commercial-scale wind turbine will vary significantly depending on the number of turbines ordered, cost of financing, when the turbine purchase agreement was executed, construction contracts, the location of the project, and other factors. Cost components for wind projects include things other than the turbines, such as wind resource assessment and site analysis expenses; construction expenses; permitting and interconnection studies; utility system upgrades, transformers, protection and metering equipment; insurance; operations, warranty, maintenance, and repair; legal and consultation fees. Other factors that will impact your project economics include taxes and incentives.


More Links

Windustry page on Small Wind Economics including a link to our Small Wind Calculator

Windustry page on Costs for Community Wind projects

List of turbine manufacturers in our Wind Library

Small Wind Certification Council page on certified small wind turbines (contact the companies listed for price information)

Interstate Turbine Advisory Council Unified List of Wind Turbines

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  • commented 2016-08-03 11:43:27 -0500
    Erratic and intermittent wind energy a scam/fraud?
  • commented 2016-04-25 07:40:13 -0500
    I love it! I am on a site called Windustry as a result of looking for the cost of a commercial wind turbine. The comment section is half filled with Idiots claiming that wind and solar energy is a waste of money! What are you people even doing here? Roof top solar is a horror because I could fall off the roof, HAHAHAHA, best argument against solar yet. In Iowa over 30% of our power is from wind and growing, what a waste. I’m off to build a coal plant.
  • commented 2016-04-12 13:12:11 -0500
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  • commented 2015-12-25 14:58:57 -0600
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  • commented 2015-12-07 09:34:32 -0600
    @molly Gourneau the price of a wind turbine is not worth the truble and that doubles with solar panels. the initial investment of the two is very expencive then you have upkeep, the solar panels need to be wiped down and if its just for your home you will more than likely have them installed on the roof, what happens when you climb up there to clean them (they have to be cleaned or the power income will dwindle to vertually nothing) when you climb up there and fall. or when you have to sevice your wind mill. all in all the risk and reward dont balance out. and fyi not to poke holes in your thoughts of the tv but we live in modern times the tv takes so little energy its unreal but running your house on it well trial and error will show you.
  • commented 2015-12-02 19:17:17 -0600
    @olly Vanloocke: according to this~ ~wind energy is NOT a waste of money. When combined with solar energy and the proper containment hubs, some states would be able to copy Denmark’s success. According to the wiki on North Dakota Wind Power, North Dakota provided the most wind energy per capita of any state at 637KWh. That’s 6370 hours of TV which, when converted to linear time (versus the endless subjectivity that is KWh), is roughly 265 DAYS of TV. That means, if we sat in a dark room on January 1st, that TV could run non-stop until half way through September 21st before putzing out from lack of power. That’s almost nine full months. How’s THAT for a waste of money? ;)

    Don’t mind me, though. I was just trying to find out how viable a domestic-sized wind turbine would be if I could ever afford one. Costs, construction, up-keep, etc.
  • commented 2015-11-26 16:35:06 -0600
    Wind energy is a waste of money!!!