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.
You might notice that our wind turbines at Gullen Range Wind Farm will not be spinning for a few days from March 25th. That’s because we’re doing some work on our electricity substation. We’re getting ready to pass electricity from our Biala Wind Farm on to the electricity grid. Biala Wind Farm isn’t ready to produce electricity yet, but it is important that we get these works completed. We expect everything will be back to normal by April 1st. Please let us know if you have any questions. To contact us, click here.
In response to COVID-19 pandemic, in recent weeks we have proactively implemented the following changes to our public engagement measures:
- Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm public tours have been suspended. If you would like to be notified when these tours will recommence, please register here.
- Our school visits and tours to site have been postponed until further notice. As an Industry Partner with the STEM Industry School Partnership (SISP) Program, we are working closely with the SISP coordinators to continue supporting the Program in 2020.
- Gullen Range Wind Farm Community Enhancement Fund grant workshop has been postponed. We are planning to deliver a rescheduled workshop via an online webinar. If you are interested and would like to know more please call 1800 509 711.
- Gullen Range Wind Farm’s Clean Energy Program’s household energy efficiency audit visits are now on hold. We are currently exploring other ways of conducting the audits. If you have any questions, please call 1800 509 711.
- Biala Wind Farm’s monthly community BBQ’s have been cancelled for the time being.
- All Community Consultative Committee (CCC) meetings will be held via teleconference or postponed.
At this point in time, our project and construction sites continue to operate but they are only open to our staff and contractors and they are subject to strict controls to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. More details are available in our recent media release which can be downloaded here.
We are still available to answer your project queries. You can contact us by calling the numbers below, by emailing us or through our website enquiry page:
- Biala Wind Farm – 1800 370 045
- Gullen Range Wind Farm – 1800 509 711
- Gullen Solar Farm – 1800 725 270
We enjoy these tours immensely and look forward to taking members of the public up close to our wind turbines and solar panels. However, in the light of the rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, we have decided to exercise caution and cancel the public tours to the wind and solar farm in March and April.
We are committed to providing a safe environment for our staff and visitors to our wind and solar farm, which is why this decision has been made. We hope to run the tours again later in the year. If you have booked on the tour on 17th March, you should have been notified that the tour is cancelled. The new tour dates will be announced on our website here and the Crookwell Visitor Information Centre booking site here. If you would like to be notified when the Gullen Range Wind and Solar farm tours will restart via email, register here. If you have any general questions about the tours, please contact Crookwell Visitor Information Centre.
Applications for the next Clean Energy Program Stage 2 Funding Round will close on 22nd March. The Clean Energy Program provides grants towards implementing clean energy improvements in the community. If your property is within 5km of the wind farm, you may be eligible to apply for a grant to install solar panels, solar hot water, wall insulation or double glazed windows on your house. To find out more, click here or contact us.
BJCE Australia proudly sponsored the 2020 Rose Tournament, which was held at Goulburn Railway Bowling Club last week. Simon Zhao, Gullen Range Wind Farm’s Site Manager, was honoured to attend the award ceremony and present the prizes to the winners of the men’s and women’s competitions. Well done to the ladies from the Illawarra and Sydney area and the men from Merimbula, Taralga and Goulburn who placed first in their competitions. BJCE Australia also wishes to congratulate all the people involved in making the bowling tournament such a success.
BJCE Australia teamed up with the Grabben Gullen Rural Fire Service last week for our monthly fundraising BBQ outside the Crookwell IGA. The BBQ raised over $500 for the Grabben Gullen Rural Fire Service (RFS). It was also an opportunity for members of the community to chat with our team about renewable energy, our public tours and the progress on Biala Wind Farm. BJCE Australia would like to thank all those who stopped for a sausage, chatted with us and made donations to the Grabben Gullen RFS. The next community BBQ will be held on Thursday 12 March 2020.
Our team braved the wet weather last weekend at the Crookwell Show. In spite of the rain, our face painter brightened lots of faces with the proceeds donated to the Grabben Gullen Community Progress Association’s ANZAC Memorial project. We answered a lot of good questions about our projects, our renewable energy tours and Gullen Range Wind Farm’s Clean Energy Program, as well as general queries about renewable energy. We always enjoy the show and would like to say thank you to everybody who made it out in the weather and came to our stand for a chat.
BJCE Australia’s Biala Wind Farm is proud to be a Silver sponsor of the community-led Gunning Arts Festival, which will be held on 17th and 18th April. With the theme of ‘Celebrating Nature’, the multi-event Festival will feature an impressive line-up of local talent. Events will include a Gala opening on the evening of 17th April, followed by art and craft exhibitions, music performances, play and book readings, workshops, fashion parades, competitions and much more on 18th April. For bookings and further information, you can visit the 2020 Gunning Arts Festival website here.
BJCE Australia is delighted to return as an Industry Partner for the STEM Industry Schools Partnership Program (SISP) in 2020. Funded by the Department of Education and coordinated locally by Regional Development Australia Southern Inland, the SISP is a program linking industry with local schools, focused on how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) skills and knowledge can solve real-world problems.
As part of the SISP Program in 2019, BJCE Australia hosted more than 110 primary students at Gullen Range Wind Farm and assisted students from five local schools with their STEM classes.
To watch an overview of the SISP pilot program in different regions of NSW, including the Upper Lachlan Shire, please click here.
We’ll keep you updated on the upcoming 2020 SISP events!