Project Description

Renewable Energy Developments

AONA Environmental has completed Air Quality, Odour and Noise Impact Assessments for a wide range of renewable energy developments including wind farms, solar farms and anaerobic digestion biogas plants.

Air Quality, Odour and Noise Impact Assessments of renewable energy projects follow a similar approach irrespective of the project type;

  • An assessment of baseline conditions at the nearest existing sensitive receiver locations.
  • A prediction of the Air Quality, Odour and Noise Impact from the proposed renewable energy source. This is prepared using prediction models with manufacturers data of future air pollutant, odour and noise emissions or reference to data from existing similar projects.
  • An assessment of impacts at the nearest existing sensitive receivers locations versus applicable legislative limits and guidance.
  • A recommendation of appropriate mitigation measures in accordance with best available techniques.

For example, for a detailed assessment of wind turbine noise impacts, AONA Environmental undertake assessments using CadnaA noise modelling software in accordance with the Institute of Acoustics ‘A Good Practise Guide to the Application of ETSU-R-97 for the Assessment and Rating of Wind Turbine Noise’.

For a detailed assessment of odour impacts from a biogas plant, AONA Environmental undertake assessments using odour dispersion modelling, with the results compared with the relevant odour benchmark level (ou/m3) and the significance assessed against the appropriate guidance outlined by the regulatory authorities.

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Our Clients Say

“Mervyn Keegan and the team at AONA Environmental Consulting has assisted us throughout the development of our projects at Evermore Renewable Energy Ltd. from planning through to operational phase since our inception in 2008.  He has provided us with excellent professional guidance in the development of our flagship projects to date. These include the operational Evermore Energy Ltd. 17 MW wood-fired CHP plant at Derry Port and the proposed Belfast Power Ltd 480 MW Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) in Belfast Harbour Estate, Belfast, Northern Ireland.  AONA Environmentals capabilities range from environmental to occupational health and safety consultancy.  We have always found Mervyn to be personable and professional in all dealings with our project partners and relevant authorities when working on our behalf”.
Ciaran Devine – Director, Evermore Energy Ltd.
“We have worked with Mervyn Keegan on a number of large-scale development proposals and found his contribution to be invaluable.  His ability to provide robust reports within a timely manner greatly assists in delivering high quality planning applications.  AONA Environmental remains our number one point of contact when we need specialist environmental advice for major development proposals”. Gravis Planning is a market-leading town planning and engagement consultancy active throughout the UK and Ireland.
Chris Bryson, Director, Gravis Planning.
“Assessing the potential noise impact from a single wind turbine is a key consideration during the journey of achieving planning permission.  Mervyn Keegan is a proactive, meticulous and efficient noise consultant that produces high quality noise impact assessments to the requirements of the local Environmental Health Departments.  His expertise was key to the success of Simple Power achieving planning permission for numerous single wind turbine projects through Northern Ireland.”
Stuart Clarke, Former Planning Manager at Simple Power and now Planning Consultant to Foresight Group.
“Quarryplan has consistently worked with Mervyn Keegan on several projects over the past 15 years.  The noise and air quality assessment services provided by Mervyn and his team have helped to successfully deliver numerous mineral and wind energy projects for our clients in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and across the UK. They provide competent professional assessments and reports, and what’s more they provide them on time.  Mervyn also provides highly regarded and confident affidavits and expert witness”. 
Gareth McCallion – Principal Planner, Quarryplan Ltd.
“The AONA team are great at what they do, efficient and pro-active.  Merv and the team are like an extension of our own team providing support and expertise when needed to consistently high standards which is why we don’t go anywhere else.  Would we recommend them?  Very much so”.
Chris Williams, Director, Green Life Products Ltd. t/a Glp Ecotech
“AONA Environmental Consulting have completed several noise and air quality impact assessments for water services projects managed by Nicholas O’Dwyer Limited.  The assessments were undertaken in a professional manner and addressed the requirements of the scope.  AONA Environmental also demonstrated flexibility and adaptability to amendments in the scope and in the delivery of the services”.
Richard Church, Environment Lead, Nicholas O’Dwyer
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