Victoria wind farm gets green light

A 40MW wind farm in western Victoria has been given the crucial sign-off.

Minister for Planning Richard Wynne today announced the approval of the 13-turbine Rifle Butts WEF Project, to be located near Wonwondah North.

The facility will be developed by NewEn with the 235m high turbines producing enough energy to power around 25,000 householders every year.

“This new wind farm is another important step forward in creating a more sustainable future for regional Victoria… creating 120 construction jobs along the way,” Minister Wynne said.

This site has been chosen because it receives undisturbed wind flow with strong, consistent wind speeds near the existing electrical grid.

This project is another step in helping Victoria achieve its renewable energy target of 25 per cent renewable energy production by 2020 and 40 per cent by 2025.

The project will also create up to four full-time positions throughout operation of the facility.

Construction is anticipated to commence in early 2019.