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What Price Can I Expect To Pay For A Wind Turbine?

It’s amazing how simple and interesting wind electric energy can be. Considering that wind is ‘free’, do we really have to pay for wind electric energy?

While wind is freely available, we still have to pay for the machinery that harnesses its power generating potential. Firstly, we need to understand what a wind turbine is.

A wind turbine is basically a wheel that has propellers or vanes attached to it, which rotate when the wind blows against them at certain speeds. The vanes are designed in such a ways as to harness the kinetic energy of the wind.

When the vanes rotate, they will in-turn spin a shaft that is attached to one end of a shaft, which leads from the rotor to a generator. The generator will convert the rotational energy into electric energy.

Now that we have an idea of how it works, we can try to establish a fair price for a wind turbine. There are many factors that determine how much a wind turbine will cost. Wind turbines come in different types and capacities.

The average wind speed of the location is a key input in determining turbine capacity, hence, price. If the turbine is going to be used to generate power for commercial purposes, you can definitely anticipate a huge investment.

Commercial wind turbine purchase requires that you put into account a number of factors. The size of the turbine and the type of wind turbine matter because they affect the cost. Presently the applicable size for commercial wind turbines is 2MW (megawatts), which will cost approximately $3.5 million when fitted.

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It is important to note that these wind turbines are sold per MW, meaning a 1MW turbine would cost $1.75 million. However, some manufacturers may offer slightly lower prices but there wouldn’t be a huge variance.

If you are looking to purchase small farm or home wind turbines, the total costs after installation will certainly be lower. However, it’s worth noting that the rate charged per kilowatt of the energy produced is ultimately higher.

A regular home would probably require a ten kilowatt wind turbine. The price of a kilowatt machine ranges anywhere from $3000 to $5000. This means that a wind turbine for a home would cost about $30000 to $50000. Similarly, the small farm wind turbine may cost just about the same or slightly higher.

Since not everyone can afford to buy a wind turbine at the mentioned prices, especially the commercial ones, there are companies that offer re-conditioned wind turbines at lower prices. This is a viable option considering that they would still be in good working condition and would perform the same task as newly purchased turbines.

For a 2MW second hand wind turbine, the price ranges between $1.4 and $1.8 million. Even though these prices are on the lower end, it’s advisable to thoroughly inspect the product prior to purchase. If you do not know the odds and ends of a wind turbine, you should bring along someone who has some insight to help you out with the purchase.

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