The Rifle Butts Wind Farm is located south west of Horsham in Victoria. It is planned with a capacity of 9 wind turbines producing up to 27GW of renewable energy.

Position

Rifle Butts Wind Farm - Victoria State Map Location

The wind farm is located approximated 4km west of Wonwondah North, VIC 3401. It is situated to the north of Rifle Butts Road, east of Sandy Creek and to the south of Rifle Butts Road, west of O’Connors Lane.

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Size

Estimated thirteen (13) wind turbines with a capacity of 3MW each =  40MW total capacity.

Towers expected to be up to 150m in height, total height being up to 235m (to the top of the blade).

 

Connection

The Wind Farm will connect into the 66kV distribution line at the corner of Wonwondah-Toolondo Road and Motts Road.

 

Studies

NewEn is conducting wind measurements via a LIDAR unit. If initial results are successful a met mast of up to 120m in height may be installed for more accurate wind measurement.

Ecological studies have been and continue to be undertaken (flora and fauna).

Additional studies to be undertaken include:

  • cultural heritage;
  • water table;
  • Geomorphic;
  • CASA;
  • visual aspect;
  • noise emission; and
  • transport logistics.

 

Public Community Meeting

A public meeting was held on 9th November to inform the local community of the proposed wind farm.

 

Timing

Once the wind data is considered to be sufficient, all studies necessary will be undertaken.

Potential conclusion of studies and time of submitting a planning application is anticipated for early 2018.