SEAI Wind Farm Noise Model
Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI)
RPS develops the first national scale acoustic model for wind farm noise in Ireland.
The Department of Environment, Community and Local Government is undertaking a review of national planning guidelines for onshore wind farm development. This review includes potential changes to the existing permitted noise levels from wind farm developments and RPS has been involved in the impact assessment process to determine the potential impact of any proposed change on noise levels.
As part of the process, RPS has developed the first national scale acoustic model for wind farm noise based on modern turbine designs. This model provides statistical noise emission data for differing terrain, turbine type, turbine hub height and weather conditions. Using a combination of acoustic and GIS modelling techniques, plots of potential development areas and capacities were developed.
This data has permitted the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government to assess the economic impact and in particular the impact on national climate change policy to be evaluated. The new guidelines are due to be published shortly.