Scituate: Wind turbine operators disclose noise study results

Representatives from Scituate Wind L.L.C. appeared before the town’s Board of Selectmen Tuesday night, to discuss the results of noise testing, and how repairs are going on the town’s disabled municipal wind turbine.

Scituate Wind’s Gordon Deane said that noise testing ordered by the Board of Health, which used parameters requested by the community group that’s complaining of noise, shows the wind turbine is within 3 decibels of the 10 decibel limit above background noise, as required by the state Department of Environmental Protection Agency, at the closest tested location.

“None of the tests to date, and we have tested low, high and medium wind, high tide, low tide and medium tide, at different locations that had been selected as part of our protocol that’s put together – in none of those instances have there been any violations of the Mass. D.E.P. standards, which are 10 decibels above background noise levels,” Deane stated.

The company still has one more noise test to conduct.

The wind turbine has been disabled for about a month. Scituate Wind Co-Owner Sumul Shah said they’re replacing the turbine’s power converter, which synchronizes with the electrical grid.

“We’re obviously hopeful that changing out the converter to this newest replacement will have some positive results.”

However, Shah could not give the board any idea when the wind turbine might be up and running again.


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About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.