Initial development of the project was undertaken by WestWind Energy.
Moorabool Wind Farm obtained a Planning Permit in October 2010 under the Planning and Environment Act 1987. The Planning Permit lists a set of conditions that must be complied with in undertaking the development. The conditions cover construction, operation, decommissioning, administrative and community relationship matters.
An amendment to the planning permit was granted on the 11th August 2015 to allow transformers to be located external to the wind turbine tower.
An extension to the planning permit was granted on the 24th November 2015. The permit will now expire by the 29th October 2018.
In September 2016, Goldwind acquired the Moorabool Wind Farm from WestWind Energy.
Development Plans for Moorabool North were endorsed by the Minister for Planning in September 2017.
Development Plans for Moorabool South were endorsed by the Minister for Planning in April 2018.
Construction begin in July 2018
The Project was also considered under the Commonwealth’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act.
A referral was lodged with the Federal Government and the project was declared as “Not a Controlled Action” meaning that no further approval was required under the EPBC Act.