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.
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The latest solar farm news is below. You can view all our news here.
BJCE Australia representative, Simon Zhao, recently attended the Crookwell High School positive education breakfast, which aimed to promote the better mental health and well-being of students. The breakfast enabled community groups and local businesses, like Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm, to understand what challenges young people in our area are facing and how they are dealing with them. For more information click here.
BJCE Australia was thrilled to subsidise travel costs for Crookwell High School Year 10 and 11 students to see an iconic Shakespeare play at Sydney’s renowned Opera House. The students were treated to a performance of Macbeth, a play they are currently studying – with front row seats, plus a visit to the nearby botanical gardens! The Opera House is close to our Sydney office, so Isabel Nelson, our Community Engagement Officer, had a chat to the students and sampled their excitement on the steps of the Opera House before the play began.
Nine local groups will benefit from Community Fund grants together totalling $72,427 in the 2019/2020 Funding Round. The announcement was made by Upper Lachlan Shire Council who administer the Gullen Range Wind Farm Community Fund. To find out more about the successful community grant recipients, please click here.
The Gullen Range Wind Farm Community Fund provides grants to projects or initiatives that benefit the community within 10km of the wind farm. It forms part of the Gullen Range Wind Farm Community Enhancement Program (or CEP). You can read more about the Community Fund and CEP here.
Representing a range of STEM jobs in the renewable industry, the Gullen Range team recently welcomed Years 5 and 6 students from Wollondilly Public School to the wind farm. During their visit, the students got up close to a wind turbine and watched the Gullen Range team demonstrate how changing the angle of the rotor blades can stop and start the wind turbine. The tour also included a visit to the Operations and Maintenance building, where the students found out about the farm’s electronic monitoring system and met some of the 14 local staff. It was explained to the students that monitoring the weather is an essential part of any wind farm and maintenance activities are usually planned to occur when the wind speeds are low in order to make the most of generating electricity when the wind is stronger. Students were also shown the substation, which is where all the power generated from the wind and solar farm is passed onto the electricity grid. The excursion was organised by Regional Development Australia Southern Inland, as part of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) Industry School Partnership (SISP) Program, funded by the Department of Education. You can read more here.
Our next tour will be on the 8th of October 2019. To book click here.
To complement their renewable energy studies in the classroom, Year 5 and 6 students visited Gullen Range Wind Farm, as part of the STEM Industry School Partnership Program (SISP). Guided by Gullen Range’s experts, Leo Pearce (Asset Manager) and Simon Zhao (Site Manager), the students learned how electricity is generated by the wind turbines and passed onto the electricity grid to power homes across Australia. The tour started in the Operations and Maintenance building, where the students found out about the farm’s electronic monitoring system and met a few of the fourteen local staff. Afterwards, the students got up close to a wind turbine and watched the Gullen Range team demonstrate how changing the angle of the rotor blades can stop and start the wind turbine. Before departing, the students were shown several wind turbine components on display, such as an anemometer and wind vane, which measure wind speed and direction. The Gullen Range team were very impressed with the questions the students asked during the tour.
Binda, Bigga and Laggan Public School students were blown away by their recent lesson on wind energy by BJCE Australia, which formed part of a Shared Learning Day between the schools and the STEM Industry School Partnership (SISP) program. Led by Gullen Range’s Community Engagement Officer, Isabel Nelson, the students were tasked with making and testing their own anemometer, which is an instrument that measures wind speed. Working in small groups, the students demonstrated great teamwork and problem-solving skills. By the end of the lesson, there were lots of anemometers whirling round!
Funded by the Department of Education, the SISP program links industry with local schools to focus the narrative on how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) skills and knowledge can solve real world problems. BJCE Australia thanks Regional Development Australia Southern Inland for inviting us to be part of the exciting SISP program.
Tickets for the July tour have sold out. The next Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm tour will be on Tuesday, 8th October. To find out more about the tours and make a booking, please contact Crookwell Visitor Information Centre via their website here or call 02 4832 1988.
Bradfordville and Wollondilly Public School students have been busy brainstorming ideas for their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Industry School Partnership (SISP) projects, with the help of Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm. During a recent school visit, Gullen Range’s, Simon Zhao (Site Manger) and Jodie Marr (Site Service Manager), used their expert industry knowledge to assist the students with their design ideas for a product that will enhance the use of renewable energy in everyday life. Watch this space to find out how the students are getting along with their designs during Gullen Range’s next visit.
Funded by the Department of Education, the SISP is a program linking industry with local schools, focussed on how STEM skills and knowledge can solve real-world problems. BJCE Australia thanks Regional Development Australia Southern Inland for inviting us to be a part of their exciting program.
Construction of the $200 million Biala Wind Farm, located 45-minutes from Goulburn NSW, remains on track for a July 2019 start after BJCE Australia announces it has selected the contractors for the project.
This announcement follows the Southern Regional Planning Panel approval of a development application for an underground transmission line, in January 2019. The transmission line will link the wind farm to the electricity grid at BJCE Australia’s existing Gullen Range Wind Farm substation.