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.
Year 5/6 students from Crookwell Public School blew us away last week with their fantastic Wind Power Showcase, which formed part of the STEM Industry School Partnership (SISP) program. Working in teams, the students were tasked with building their own model wind turbines to power lights, buzzers and other small items. The STEM challenge was inspired by “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind”, which is an amazing true story about an innovative Malawian teenager, William Kamkwamba, who constructed a DIY wind turbine to generate electricity for his community. As part of the showcase, BJCE Australia’s Isabel Nelson (Community Engagement Officer), was proud to present the Industry Award to the student team, ‘Exquisite Engineers’. This group demonstrated their commitment to following the engineering design process, developing solutions to problems they encountered and testing their new designs by trying to generate enough electricity to run a light globe. BJCE wishes to congratulate all the teams who presented their excellent STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) projects at the showcase! It was great to see so many students inspired by this STEM challenge.
BJCE Australia has been an Industry partner with the SISP program since it commenced in 2018. 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, focussed on how STEM skills and knowledge can solve real-world problems.
Applications for the 2020/2021 Gullen Range Wind Farm Community Fund Funding Round opened on Monday, 2nd March 2020. Due to COVID-19 circumstances, the closing date for applications has been extended until 4.00pm on Friday 28 August 2020. To find out more about the Community Fund and how to apply, click here.
The workshop is aimed at community groups who intend to apply and would like some guidance about how to prepare an application.
The workshop will be held on Tuesday 14th July 2020 at the Crookwell Bowling Club from 5.30pm. To register click here.
These workshops have been held for the past two years, coinciding with the period when applications are being received by ULSC. Previous attendees have found the session very useful, but attendance is not compulsory. The workshop is conducted by our consultant independently of our involvement as part of the Section 355 committee that determines successful applicants. If you want to find out more about the Community Fund or the Community Fund Workshop, please click here.
A grant from the Gullen Range Wind Farm Community Fund has helped the CWA Crookwell Evening Branch purchase a new marquee. Whatever the weather, the Evening branch’s marquee has the catering and fundraising activities covered plus it looks fantastic too. Evening Branch Secretary Jeanette Painter said, “On behalf of our members I would like to thank the Gullen Range Wind Farm Community Fund for their generous grant, which helped us to purchase this wonderful new marquee.” The Community Fund provides grants to projects or initiatives that benefit the community within 10km of the wind farm. Applications for the 2020/2021 Community Fund will close on Friday, 28th August. To find out more about the Community Fund and how to apply, please click here.
BJCE Australia zoomed into Crookwell Public School’s classroom yesterday to take the Year 5/6 students on a ‘virtual’ tour of Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm. The tour aimed to complement the students’ in-class STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) activities, which currently involve using wind turbine kits to explore wind energy. Although the COVID restrictions meant that the students could not visit our wind farm in person, Leo Pearce (Asset Manager) and Isabel Nelson (Community Engagement Officer) were still able to show the students the inside of a wind turbine, explain how a wind farm works and answer some great questions about renewable energy. Our team was particularly impressed by the progress the students were making with their own wind turbine designs.
The ‘virtual’ school visit formed part of the STEM School Industry Partnership (SISP) program, which is 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, focussed on how STEM skills and knowledge can solve real-world problems.