Draft guidelines for onshore wind farms have been published.
They propose new standards aimed at reducing noise nuisance for local residents and communities.
Under the proposals, a turbine would shut down if low frequency noise rises above a certain limit.
A minimum setback distance of 500 metres for the turbines from property is also suggested, along with restrictions on the height differences between turbines and any nearby homes.
Among the other issues addressed are community consultation and a community dividend, with the latter aiming to ensure an "enduring economic or social benefit to the local community".
The guidelines propose measures to ensure a 'free flow of information' between the community and developers of wind farms.
You can find the full list of draft guidelines on the Department of Housing's website.
Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy and Environment Minister Richard Bruton have launched a public consultation process in relation to the guidelines.
Minister Murphy said: "By 2030, 70% of our electricity will be generated from renewables. These guidelines are crucial to delivering the step up that is required.
"A key part will be ensuring local communities are consulted on and benefit from projects in their area. We must ensure those living close to large scale projects are included in their development.”
Reacting to the publication of the draft guidelines, the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA) - which represents the industry here - claimed the proposed guidelines would make it "more difficult and expensive" to develop renewable energy facilities here.
CEO Dr David Connolly argued: “In particular, the proposed new noise levels, potentially the harshest in Europe, will cost every person in Ireland an extra €550 in order to hit our 2030 climate action targets.
“We look forward to participating constructively in this consultation in the hope that a final set of guidelines, based on scientific evidence, can find a more appropriate balance between the concerns of those opposed to wind farms and the need to take action on climate change.”