An investigation of the wind induced background sound levels in rural areas for existing and proposed wind farms
Keywords:Electric utilities, Level measurement, Location, Wind power, Central America, Ontario, Remote location, Rural environment, Sound level, Wind farm, Wind plant
AbstractA study was conducted to investigate the variability of wind induced background sound levels in various rural areas by comparing sound level measurements. These sound level measurements were performed by HGC Engineering in Canada, the US, and Central America with reference background sound levels presented by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE). The analysis of actual wind induced background sound levels provided a better understanding of the sound level impact from wind turbines in varying rural environments. Several sound level monitors were deployed at representative receptor locations throughout an Ontario wind plant to record the sound levels over a period of one week. A sound level monitor was also deployed at a remote location to record background sounds unaffected by any noise from the wind plant.
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