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. 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.