Case Studies

Cerro de Hula Wind Farm, Honduras

Wind Turbine Farm Acoustic Noise Study: Central America

Location: Santa Ana and San Buenaventura, Honduras.
Owner/Operator: Globeleq Mesoamerica Energy (GME)

The 102 megawatt Cerro de Hula wind farm, located 24 km south of the Honduran capital city of Tegucigalpa, is the country’s first wind power project. HGC Engineering was retained by Energia Eolica de Honduars S. A. (EEHSA) a subsidiary of Mesoamerica Power to provide a comprehensive acoustic assessment and baseline ambient sound level survey for the project.  The wind farm uses 51, 2 MW Gamesa wind turbines, supplying the national utility company, Empresa Nacional de Energía Eléctrica (ENEE), under a 102 MW 20-year power purchase agreement. The wind farm is expected to boost Honduran electricity generation capacity by 10% and produce enough power to supply 150,000 Honduran households.

Acoustical Engineering Services Included:

  •    Conducted a detailed acoustical assessment in accordance with the acoustic criteria of the World Bank Group
  •    Provided recommendations on the locations of turbines for improved acoustics
  •    Conducted a baseline ambient sound level survey


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