Do solar farms cause noise pollution?

Solar power systems themselves do not contribute to noise pollution as they do not have any moving parts that generate noise. The main components of a solar power system, such as the solar panels and the inverter, are designed to operate silently. Although can produce a slight humming noise, but this is generally not audible from a distance and is not considered a significant source of noise pollution.

However, during the installation of a solar power system, there may be some noise generated by construction activities such as piling for the foundations. This noise is typically temporary, confined to day time hours,  and is similar to the noise generated during other construction activities.

New Zealand Council resource consents regularly impose a maximum noise limit for solar farms to ensure wildlife and the wider community are not impacted

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