Renewable Energy

We help energy innovators navigate noise control issues through state-of-the-art modeling, analytics, and planning.

A focus on renewable energy is reshaping world energy markets. The seismic shift underway now requires that leaders make informed decisions about future energy use, costs, benefits, and impacts.

Developers of new energy sources such as wind, solar, and biomass are at the nexus of this revolution in renewables. This energy revolution requires new and updated substations, high-voltage transmission lines, and energy storage solutions.

Being an energy innovator also often means navigating a complex and ever-changing regulatory and permitting landscape, especially in the context of noise control. That’s where we can help.

Since 1986, RSG has partnered with public utilities, environmental groups, independent power producers, and governments to deliver detailed analyses of their energy issues, challenges, and opportunities.

We understand the challenges energy innovators face and apply our industry knowledge and advanced analytical techniques to develop future-focused noise control engineering solutions. We also help clients with opportunities presented by electric vehicles in the context of our automotive and transportation work.

We’ve delivered noise control engineering services for biomass, biogas, wind, solar, and energy transmission/storage projects across the United States.

A map of RSG renewable energy projects across the United States. The map shows biomass, biogas, wind, solar, transmission, and energy storage projects. Each project location is marked by a dot.

When it comes to noise control engineering in the context of renewables, we’re second to none.

RSG’s noise control engineering services help clients research and evaluate noise impacts and develop sensible mitigation plans for renewable energy projects. Using advanced monitoring systems and following applicable standards, we can quantify sound levels in all environments—from local neighborhoods to remote locations and industrial settings. We also utilize these methods to measure postconstruction sound levels to ensure compliance. We employ multiple techniques to predict future noise impacts by modeling how sound will propagate outdoors.

RSG has substantial experience in assessing and mitigating noise from:

  • Wind and solar energy projects
  • Transmission lines and substations
  • Battery energy storage systems
  • Biomass processing facilities
  • Biomass power plants

We’re unique among acoustical consultants in our ability to integrate relevant capabilities outside of traditional acoustical analyses. These additional capabilities include advanced statistical approaches, websites and communication tools, surveying, analytical modeling, and software development.

In 2021, our noise control engineering services were integral to projects capable of producing 7.8 gigawatts of renewable energy.

This graphic depicts how much renewable energy RSG's noise control engineering services supported in all of 2021. A total of 7.8 gigawatts of renewable energy work was supported in 2021.

Of the 7.8 gigawatts of renewable energy projects that RSG’s noise control engineering services were integral to in 2021, 4.2 gigawatts were from wind energy projects and 3.4 gigawatts were from solar energy projects. The following list provides a snapshot of this work:

Plum Creek Wind Facility. This 414-megawatt wind project received approval in August 2021 and comprises 74 turbines along with a 31-mile transmission line. The project will generate hundreds of clean energy jobs and tax revenues for local counties.

Nobles Wind Farm. This 201-megawatt wind project received approval in July 2021. This project was unique in that it was an existing wind farm that the facility's operator (Xcel Energy Inc) sought approval to repower. Repowering a wind farm involves replacing the hubs and blades of each turbine.

Emerson Creek Wind Farm. This 297-megawatt wind project received approval in June 2021. Some of the power generated by this facility, which Firelands Wind developed, will power a nearby Google data center.

Morris Ridge Solar Project. This 177-megawatt solar project will help put New York State on the path toward obtaining 70% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. This was also one of the first projects in the state to follow the new “94-C” process designed to speed up approvals of renewable energy projects.

Arche Energy Project. This 107-megawatt solar project received approval in April 2021. Sponsored by 7X Energy, this project will help increase solar capacity in the state of Ohio, which is expected to see rapid growth in its solar energy market over the next five years.

Yellowbud Solar Project. This 274-megawatt solar project received approval in February 2021. Sponsored by Yellowbud Solar LLC, the project is expected to occupy approximately 1,383 acres once complete.

This map shows the locations of wind turbines for the proposed Bowman Wind Farm renewable energy project in North Dakota.

Bowman Wind Farm Sound Propagation Modeling

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This map shows the noise contour map for solar panels for the proposed Homer Solar Farm renewable energy project in New York State.

Homer Solar Farm Noise Assessment

Homer Solar Farm is a proposed 90-megawatt solar energy generation facility in New York State. As part of the permitting process, EDF Renewables sought noise ...
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This picture shows a close-up view of the wind turbines in the Sugar Creek Wind Project renewable energy project in Logan County, Illinois.

Sugar Creek Wind Project Preconstruction Modeling and Postconstruction Monitoring

The Sugar Creek Wind Project is a 57-turbine wind farm in Logan County, Illinois, with a capacity of up to 202 megawatts. The project is ...
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