Wind Turbine Noise
The introduction of incentivised tariffs by the UK Government in April 2010 has seen the number of small wind turbines installed in the UK increase steadily (micro-energy generation). However the approaches taken by local authorities to dealing with these applications vary dramatically.
The published guidance for the assessment of wind turbine noise is ETSU-R-97. However, this guidance was framed with the assessment of large wind farms in mind and a full ETSU compliant assessment can be an expensive undertaking. Consequently, detailed discussion with a Local Authority can be important to ensure that any noise assessment undertaken is suitable for the scale of the site.
Dragonfly Consulting has been involved in the development of over 200 wind turbine sites and has considerable experience liaising with local authorities to establish their requirements for assessment of these applications.
Once the noise assessment requirements of the Local Authority have been established the consultancy team can provide noise assessments to suit all wind turbine installations from the smallest domestic turbines (<15m) up to larger turbines (>100m), including sites with multiple proposed turbines and noise sensitive residential properties.
For companies installing large numbers of small wind turbines at a number of sites we offer fixed fees for ETSU simplified assessments (‘desktop’ assessments) and basic wind turbine noise assessments at all sites. For larger installations we offer a site specific, fixed fee, ETSU compliance assessment.
We have also been involved in the type approval of new wind turbines coming into the UK.