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 is delighted to be a Platinum sponsor of the Crookwell Senior Green Devils Football Club in 2020. It’s a special season ahead as Crookwell Rugby League celebrates its 100 year anniversary. BJCE Australia wishes the talented players every success for the centenary year!
In 2019, Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm produced enough clean energy to power an average of 80,700 typical homes—enough power for six cities, the size of Goulburn! This calculation was made 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 Energy Made Easy using inputs of: 2580 postcode, 4 people per house, no pool, no gas, no slab heating; total dwelling count in Goulburn Mulwaree Council area was sourced from 2016 ABS census data here.
BJCE Australia was delighted to celebrate the impressive student achievements at the inaugural Southern Inland STEM Industry School Partnership (SISP) Awards in Goulburn last week. Derek Powell, Deputy General Manager of BJCE Australia, joined more than 100 students, teachers, industry partners and special guests at the event, which was opened by the Honourable, Wendy Tuckerman MP. Congratulations to all the winners!
BJCE Australia is proud to have been an Industry Partner for the SISP Program in 2019. Funded by the Department of Education and coordinated locally by Regional Development Australia Southern Inland, the program aims to provide primary and high school students (years 5-8) with age appropriate Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) skills and pathways to STEM careers. 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.
Last Thursday, we teamed up with Grabben Gullen RFS for a fundraising BBQ out the front of Crookwell IGA. The BBQ raised over $350 for the local RFS to support their ongoing initiatives. It also allowed members of the community to chat with our team about renewable energy and the progress on Biala Wind Farm. The next community BBQ will be held on Thursday 16th January 2020.
BJCE would like to thank all those who stopped for a sausage, chatted with us and made donations to the Grabben Gullen Rural Fire Service.
BJCE Australia is excited to announce the 2020 Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm tours taking place between January and June. The first tour will run on Tuesday, 17th March. Tour dates between July and December 2020 will be announced in April. The tours are a great opportunity to visit Australia’s first co-located wind and solar farm and learn more about renewable energy. Click here to download the 2020 Tour brochure (January to June) or contact Crookwell Visitor Information Centre for more information.