What is a wind turbine noise survey?
Wind turbine noise surveys can either be carried out at the physical location where then wind turbine is proposed for installation (i.e. site-specific), or they can be undertaken using a desk-based methodology that uses well informed estimates for calculating the likely impact of the wind turbine installation (i.e. a desktop wind turbine survey). Whichever method is performed, the main aim of wind turbine noise survey is to assess the impact that the proposed installation is likely to have on residents or business who are based nearby.
What kind of wind turbine noise survey do I need?
In many instances, a desktop wind turbine noise survey will be sufficient to assess the likely impact of wind turbine noise from the proposed installation, as well as the impact it may have on the local area. However, some proposed installations cannot be estimated so accurately. In these cases, it may be necessary to perform a site-specific wind turbine noise survey. This is required when adequate support for the installation and proposed planning application are crucial. The exact details of site specific wind turbine noise surveys are informed by information provided by your local authority.