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.
BJCE Australia’s Biala Wind Farm wishes to congratulate the winners of the Australian Agricultural Centre’s (AAC) Bake-off competition. Biala Wind Farm was proud to be a major sponsor of this fun online competition, especially during these challenging times of COVID-19 restrictions. Entrants were tasked with baking a cake to match a photo of their favourite farm animal, fruit or vegetable. Check out the cake masterpieces here that captured the tastes of judges, Jo Marshall (AAC CEO) and well known Australian pâtissier, Adriano Zumbo . First prize in the adult section went to Andrea with her “Bullhorn Chilli” cake and Lacey won first prize in the Child section with her “Seed to Carrot” cake. For all the results and some more fantastic cake photos, you can visit the AAC’s Facebook page here. Well done to all the participants. We’re sure the cakes taste as amazing as they look!
The COVID-19 pandemic has left many local charity groups worried about funding and future fundraising initiatives. BJCE Australia is providing a helping hand through donations of $1,000 to several Crookwell charities including Crookwell Meals on Wheels, Crookwell CWA Day Branch and Crookwell/Taralga Aged Care /Upper Lachlan Community Care. The initiative is aimed at allocating small pools of funding to local charities that are helping the Upper Lachlan Shire community through the ongoing pandemic. Read the full story here.
‘Blowing in the Wind’ was the theme of Landcare’s recent school holiday workshop and our wind farm Asset Manager, Leo Pearce, was delighted to pop online to help out. After having fun learning about local wildlife and making kites, the children had the chance to find out more about wind and solar farms; how they are built and how they work. The kids especially enjoyed seeing a picture of a sugar glider family, who have made a home in one of our wind farm nest boxes. Leo explained that the installation of 30 nest boxes forms part of a plan (called the Property Vegetation Plan) to protect and enhance the conservation value of a large area of native vegetation at Gullen Range Wind Farm. This 123- hectare area, equivalent to 123 football fields, is a requirement of the wind farm’s project approval to make up for the 35 hectares of land impacted by the construction of the wind farm, for example when vegetation was cleared to lay the access tracks to the turbines.
As well as talking about our wind and solar farm, Leo also answered some great questions from the kids. The online activities were very successful and Gullen Range Wind Farm thanks Upper Lachlan Landcare for inviting us to take part. The school holiday workshop was partly supported by a grant from Gullen Range Wind Farm’s Community Fund. If you would like to find out more about the Community Fund, please click here.
Here at BJCE Australia, we appreciate a tasty cake! That’s one reason we’ve provided $1000 towards prize money for the Australian Agriculture Centre’s (AAC) home baking competition. Entrants are tasked with baking a cake to match a photo of their favourite farm animal, fruit or vegetable. Great fun during these challenging times of COVID-19 lockdown for adults or children! To enter the amateur Ag bake-off, visit the AAC website here and upload your baking photos by 15th May. You could win some great adult or kid’s prizes. One of the judges will be Adriano Zumbo, a well-known Australian pâtissier. So let’s get baking!
The COVID-19 pandemic is a very serious situation. Today, we created a dedicated page for the community to read up-to-date information about our response to COVID-19, this includes the initiatives we have implemented on site. We’ve also produced a downloadable fact sheet which includes a Frequently Asked Questions section. You can download it here. Biala Wind Farm, Gullen Range Wind Farm and Gullen Solar Farm remain open to essential staff. They are subject to strict controls. Please contact us if you have any questions.
BJCE Australia is delighted to be a silver sponsor of the online Festival, especially during these tough times for the local community and artists due to the Covid-19 pandemic. With the theme of ‘Celebrating Nature’, the community-led festival will feature an impressive line-up of local talent for everyone to enjoy. Events online will include a gala opening and jazz music, together with art and craft online exhibitions and demonstrations, music performances, play and book readings, and more. All events will be online by the original Festival date of April 18. As the organisers announced…“The show must go on-line!” For further information, you can visit the 2020 Gunning Arts Festival website here.