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 11/09/2020: Wind turbines to be temporarily switched off for routine maintenance

You might notice that our wind turbines at Gullen Range Wind Farm will not be spinning for a few days from September, 15th. That’s because we’re doing some routine maintenance work on the high voltage substation.  We expect everything will be back to normal by September, 18th. Please let us know if you have any questions. To contact us, please click here.

 

News Update 3/09/2020: Applications for the next Clean Energy Program Stage 2 Funding Round will close soon

Applications for the next Clean Energy Program Stage 2 Funding Round will close on 22nd September. 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.

 

News Update 3/09/2020: Applications for the 2020/2021 Gullen Range Wind Farm Community Fund Funding Round have now closed.

Applications for the 2020/2021 Gullen Range Wind Farm Community Fund Funding Round closed on the 28th of August. Please contact Upper Lachlan Shire Council for more information about the application process. For more information about the Community Fund click here.

 

News Update 28/08/2020: Upper Lachlan Shire Council is seeking expressions of interest for the GRWF Community Fund Section 355 Committee – Community Representatives

Upper Lachlan Shire Council is calling for expressions of interest from persons interested in being a Community Representative on the Gullen Range Wind Farm Community Fund Committee.  Applications close at 4.00pm on Friday 11th September, 2020. For more information about how to apply, please click here to be taken to Council’s website or contact Council on (02) 4830 1000. The Community Fund provides grants to projects or initiatives that benefit the community within 10km of the wind farm. To find out more about the Community Fund, please click here.

 

News Update 27/08/2020: BJCE Australia is proud to sponsor the Gunning Arts Festival FlashWrite project aimed at showcasing local stories.

Gunning Arts Festival recently launched its very first FlashWrite project – a short story writing project which will highlight local life experiences. FlashWrite encourages locals of all ages to submit their stories and have them published on the Gunning Arts Festival  website. A selection of stories will also be featured as readings and performances at the 2021 Gunning Arts Festival. BJCE Australia is excited to be a major project sponsor and our team looks forward to reading the local short stories. For more information about the Gunning Arts Festival and how to get involved with the FlashWrite project, please click here.

 

News Update 20/08/2020:  2020 Clean Energy Australia Report – A record year for renewable energy

Earlier this year, the Clean Energy Council published the 2020 Clean Energy Australia Report. The report covers the latest key figures and statistics on the national energy market. To read more, click here.

 

News Update 19/08/2020: BJCE Australia ‘zoom’ in to St Mary’s Primary School Crookwell for STEMConnect

Earlier this month, year 5/6 students from St. Mary’s Primary School in Crookwell were joined by BJCE’s Derek Powell and Isabel Nelson who ‘Zoomed’ into their classroom for a ‘virtual’ STEM Connect lesson. Students crafted their very own anemometer and were able to measure the wind speed generated by fans inside the classroom. The students also learnt about the importance of anemometers and wind vanes and how these devices help a wind turbine generate as much energy from the wind as possible. The event was coordinated by Jo Marshall from the Australian Agricultural Centre (AAC) as part of STEM [email protected]. BJCE was proud to be part of this learning experience and hope to welcome the students back to the wind farm in the future. 

 

News Update 13/08/2020: Students take a close look at a Biala Wind Farm turbine blade

On Friday 24th July 2020, year 5 and 6 students from Crookwell Public School and year 8 students from Crookwell High School were treated to a special blade viewing at the Crookwell Showground.

These students are part of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Industry School Partnership (SISP) program , which is funded by the NSW Department of Education and coordinated by Regional Development Australia Southern Inland (RDASI). The students were divided into small groups throughout the day and enjoyed an up close guided tour around the 70m blade from BJCE Australia’s Isabel Nelson and Leo Pearce and Goldwind Australia’s Andy Wang and Alison Deale, who also answered a diverse range of interesting questions.

 

News Update 10/07/2020: Range Road upgrade reaches completion

BJCE Australia is glad to announce the upgrade works on Range Road have now been signed off by the Upper Lachlan Shire Council. The 40 km/h construction speed limit has now been lifted and the upgraded sections of road have returned to normal speed conditions. BJCE Australia would like to thank the local community for their cooperation during the various upgrades. The road upgrades were important to accommodate the wind turbine component deliveries for Biala Wind Farm but also to improve the condition of the road for many years to come. The upgrades involved replacing two causeways with culverts, widening, improving the pavement, constructing school bus stop areas and resealing the road. BJCE Australia’s $4.2 million investment for the works on Range Road and Kialla Road has contributed to a safer commute for all. The upgrade works cover 7.3 km of Range Road between the intersections with Kialla Road and Grabben Gullen Road.

 

News Update 8/07/2020: Crookwell Public School students harness wind power for their latest STEM challenge

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.

 

News Update 2/07/2020: Free workshop for Community Groups intending to apply for a Gullen Range Wind Farm Community Fund Grant

 

News Update 24/06/2020: Gullen Range Wind Farm Community Fund grant helps fund new marquee

 

News Update 19/06/2020: Crookwell Public School students join our ‘virtual’

 

News Update 10/06/2020: Clean Energy employment opportunities continue to soar