The Rifle Butts Wind Farm is located some 20km south west of Horsham in Victoria. It is planned with a capacity of up to 13 wind turbines producing up to 40MW of renewable energy.

Position

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 OConnors Lane.

WTG Site Plan

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 has been conducting wind measurements via a LIDAR unit since January 2017. After the initial results were successful a met mast of 85m in height was installed in September 2017 for more accurate wind measurement.

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

Additional studies undertaken include:

  • cultural heritage;
  • water table;
  • Geomorphic;
  • CASA, aviation;
  • visual aspect;
  • EMI, electro magnetic interference
  • noise emission; and
  • transport logistics.

 

Public Community Meeting

A public meeting was held on 9th November 2016 to inform the local community of the proposed wind farm.

A further public meeting was held on 16th January 2018 at the local Wonwondah Hall.

Timing

All studies necessary have been undertaken.

A Planning Permit Application was lodged on 22nd December 2017 with DELWP who will be assessing the application over the next few months.