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.

News

The latest solar farm news is below. You can view all our news here.

News Update 08/03/2019:Gullen Range Wind Farm – a proud supporter of the 2019 Rose Bowls Tournament

Gullen Range Wind Farm recently sponsored the 2019 Rose Bowls Tournament. The tournament, now in its 25th year in the men’s division and 23rd in the women’s, is one of the most popular of its kind in the region. Simon Zhao, Site Manager at Gullen Range Wind Farm attended the award ceremony and presented the women’s competition winners. Congratulations to all winners. You can read more about it here.

 

News Update 05/03/2019: Register now for the 2019 Gullen Range Wind Farm Community Fund Workshop

The Gullen Range Wind Farm FREE Grant Writing Workshop will provide your community group/organisation all the information needed to access important funding. The workshop will be held on Monday 25th March 2019 at the CWA Rooms in Crookwell from 5pm. To register click here.

This workshop will help you identify the requirements of grant applications, what you will need to include in your response and how to write a convincing case for your project.

To find out more about the Community Fund and how to apply, click here.

 

News Update 01/03/2019: 2019/2020 Gullen Range Wind Farm Community Fund Funding Round dates announced

Applications will open for the 2019/2020 Gullen Range Wind Farm Community Funding Round on Thursday 7th March 2019 and close on Thursday, 2nd May 2019. The Upper Lachlan Shire Council announced the fund will provide $72,427 for community projects or initiatives within 10kms of the Wind Farm. In 2018/19 the Fund supported seven community group projects which included the construction of a fence around the Crookwell Community Garden. 

To find out more about the Community Fund and how to apply, click here.

 

News Update 18/02/2019:Did you know stone artefacts were discovered at Gullen Solar Farm in 2015?

A range of stone artefacts were found. Examples of artefacts found include: hatchet heads, flakes, proximal flakes, bipolar flakes, compression flakes, medial flakes, bondi points, bipolar cores and bifacial cores. An Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessment was undertaken prior to construction of the solar farm and an Aboriginal Heritage Impact Permit was approved by the Office of Environmental Heritage.

 

News Update 14/02/2019: BJCE Australia supports 141st Crookwell Show

BJCE Australia attended the annual Crookwell Show with an information stand and a face painter last weekend. The stand provided a face-to-face opportunity for the local community to discuss renewable energy and ask questions about the local wind farm projects. Local children enjoyed having their faces painted by Rainbow Faces with proceeds being donated back to the Grabben Gullen community.

 

News Update 27/01/2019: January tour – a success!

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!

 

News Update 26/01/2019: Notification to Residents – Maintenance Works and Associated Traffic Movements.

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.

 

News Update 25/01/2019: During 2018, on an average day of wind and sunshine, Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm generated enough clean energy to power approx. 78,300 typical homes

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

 

News Update 14/01/19: BJCE Australia helping to inspire the next STEM generation.

 

News Update 03/01/19: Grant success announced at Bannister Hall Christmas party

 

News Update 19/12/18:GRWF shares in success of local project.

 

News Update 18/12/18:GRWF helps protect local community garden beds.