Gullen Solar Farm
The Gullen Solar Farm project is an operational solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant with an installed capacity of 10MW. The solar farm is co-located within the existing Gullen Range Wind Farm making Gullen Range the first large-scale co-located wind and solar farm in Australia. Locating the solar farm adjacent to the wind farm minimises required infrastructure (such as roads, power lines and telecommunications), meaning a reduction in environmental impact and project cost. Construction of the solar farm was supported by a grant from ARENA.
The solar farm consists of 42,000 solar panels and first generated electricity in 2017. It produces approximately 22,000 megawatt-hours of clean renewable energy each year, which is enough energy to supply approximately 3,100 NSW homes. The operating life of the solar farm will be 25 – 30 years.
BJCE Australia is proud to be a founding signatory of the Clean Energy Council’s Best Practice Charter for Renewable Energy Developments. The charter is a voluntary set of commitments to reflect our promise to develop and operate projects in a socially responsible way. The charter can be downloaded here.
Please feel free to contact us if you would like further information, or if you would like to provide feedback or lodge a complaint about the solar farm.
The latest solar farm news is below. You can view all our news here.
Local attendees and visiting tourists enjoyed a tour of Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm last week. We would also like to thank the Crookwell Gazette for joining us!
Please note that Gullen Range Wind Farm is carrying out maintenance involving cranes and trucks. From 18th February to 18th March, a crane will be delivered to site consisting of approximately ten semi-trailer deliveries. These deliveries will follow the approved delivery route from Goulburn along the Crookwell Road to Crookwell and then Kialla Road and Range Road to the Bannister group of wind turbines, approximately a week later they will move to the Pomeroy group of wind turbines along Range Road and Storriers Lane.
We aim to minimise disruption to local traffic and maximise safety to all road users during these works. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Please monitor our website for further updates.
During 2018, on an average day of wind and sunshine, Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm produced enough clean energy to power approx. 78,300 typical homes! This number is calculated by taking the average daily output of the wind and solar farm over the year and comparing it to the daily average consumption of electricity by a typical home.*
* Based on 17.7kWh per house sourced from https://www.energymadeeasy.gov.au/benchmark using inputs of: 2580 postcode, 4 people per house, no pool, no gas, no slab heating
BJCE Australia is investing in renewable energy as well as in the future of young Australians, through its educational initiatives and interactive tours for local school and university students.
Well-known for being Australia’s first co-located project, Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm (GRWSF), is also becoming recognised as a hub for ideas and creativity. During 2018, BJCE Australia hosted 5 local schools including Crookwell, Laggan, Binda and Bigga Public Schools and Crookwell High School. Read more here.
Bannister Hall committee members announced the success of their Gullen Range Wind Farm Community Fund grant application at the annual Christmas party in December. The grant will help to provide additional facilities that would cater for functions of up to 100 people at the Hall. To find out more, visit here.
Gullen Range Wind Farm contributes approximately $140,000 to its Community Enhancement Program each year, which is split equally between the Community Fund and the Clean Energy Program. The Community Fund provides grants to projects or initiatives that benefit the community within 10km of the wind farm. Learn more here. The Clean Energy Program (or CLEP) provides grants for residents within 5km of the wind farm to improve the energy efficiency of their home, such as by installing solar panels or solar hot water systems. Find out more here.
BJCE Australia was invited to attend the opening of the new toilet block and storage facility at Clifton Park in Crookwell on Monday 17th of December. The new facility was opened by the Hon. Angus Taylor, MP, Minister for Energy and Member for Hume.
Clifton Park is a fantastic new sports park for the community and BJCE Australia is very proud to have been able to fund this new facility. The Lions Club of Crookwell applied for a grant for this project through the Gullen Range Wind Farm Community Enhancement Fund. Since the wind farm commenced operation in 2014, more than $280,000 has been committed to funding local community projects.
While financial support such as ours can enable local towns to thrive, projects like these cannot happen without the hard work of community members, other valuable stakeholders and local suppliers. We would like to thank everyone involved including Upper Lachlan Shire Council as well as other financial contributors such as Veolia – Australia’s first waste to energy facility operator and the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Program. Thank you for letting us share in the success of this local project.
The Crookwell Community Gardens has installed new fencing around their garden beds. Gullen Range Wind Farm provided a grant of $12,500 towards the project through its Community Fund. After a lot of community effort and some funding from other sources, the fence has now been completed. Read the full article here. Gullen Range Wind Farm contributes approximately $140,000 to its Community Enhancement Program each year, which is split equally between the Community Fund and the Clean Energy Program. The Community Fund provides grants to projects or initiatives that benefit the community within 10km of the wind farm. Learn more here. The Clean Energy Program provides grants for residents within 5km of the wind farm to improve the energy efficiency of their home, such as by installing solar panels or solar hot water systems.