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.
In early February, Gullen Range Wind Farm welcomed the Hon. Chris Bowen, Minister for Climate Change and Energy, alongside Australia’s Energy Infrastructure Commissioner, Andrew Dyer for the release of the Commissioner’s Community Engagement Review. The Minister and Commissioner were joined by our longtime neighbour and friend, Ken Ikin, as well as National Farmer’s Federation Chief Executive, Tony Mahar and Farmer’s For Climate Action representative, Peter Holding.
Beijing Energy has always had a strong focus on ensuring our engagements with the community are authentic, respectful and meaningful. This was acknowledged in 2018 when we were one of only three finalists in the National Business Community Engagement Award for our co-located Gullen Range Wind Farm Clean Energy Program. In that same year, we reinforced our commitment to genuine and respectful community engagement by becoming a founding signatory to the Clean Energy Council’s Best Practice Charter for Renewable Energy Developments. The charter is a voluntary set of commitments that reflects our desire to advance and develop projects in a socially responsible way. It demonstrates our commitment to engaging respectfully with the communities in which we plan and operate projects, being sensitive to environmental and cultural values, and making a positive contribution to the regions in which we operate.
The opportunity to host the Minister and Commissioner for the release of the report further underlined our commitment to community engagement and we welcome the key recommendations the report delivered. It was also an opportunity for Ken to talk to the media about his experience and how good, genuine community engagement can enhance a project’s standing in the region and deliver better outcomes for everyone.
We remain committed to finding ways to improve our operations and community engagement efforts across all of our projects in Australia and the Government’s review provides clear guidelines on how we can continue to work towards best practice, delivering genuine benefits to local communities and regions.
Gullen Range Wind Farm was proud to sponsor Crookwell Public School’s Year 6 Presentation Day Prizes for Applied Science and Mathematics in December. Congratulations go to Liam Moloney, who won the Applied Science Award and Kenzi Fowler who won the Consistent Effort Award in Mathematics.
“Australia’s energy transition presents huge opportunities for the next generation to work in the exciting renewable energy industry”, says Karl Schubert, Head of Corporate Affairs and Investor Relations. “Building students interest and excitement in STEM subjects will go a long way to supporting the next generation of engineers, scientists and renewable energy workers that will drive Australia’s push to a renewable and sustainable future. We’re proud to be doing our part in supporting the students at Crookwell Public School and hope that these awards inspire others to explore the wonderful world of science and math.”
Crookwell Public School Principal, Michael Whittington said, “The Gullen Range Wind Farm’s consistent support of Crookwell Public School is greatly valued and appreciated.”
Get up close to a wind turbine and a solar array at our next public tour. The next tour will be held on Wednesday, 14 February 2024 at 11 am. To book your FREE ticket, please click here. To learn more about our tours click here.
Applications for the next round of the Clean Energy Program close on Friday 22 March 2024. The Program provides financial contributions to support the installation of clean energy improvements to eligible properties within 5km of the wind farm. More information is available under the community and grants section.
Everyone at BJCE Australia would like to wish you and your family a safe, merry holiday period and a happy new year. During the festive season, our office will be closed from 23 December 2023 to 7 January 2024 inclusive.
You can still contact us and we will respond to your emails after we return on 8 January 2024. If you need more immediate assistance, please phone our toll-free numbers. If there is an emergency, please dial 000.
- Biala Wind Farm – 1800 370 045
- Gullen Range Wind Farm – 1800 509 711
- Gullen Solar Farm – 1800 725 270
Crookwell has taken out the 2023 Turbine Cup outclassing 14 other teams to be crowned winners of the hotly fought after trophy.
Run over three weekends in spring, the 18-game tournament was considered a huge success by tournament organisers and participants alike, with the tournament’s presentation evening held on Tuesday 21 November.
The 14 teams entered from three clubs – Goulburn, Crookwell and Taralga – played a fast and fierce round robin competition, with close matches throughout the competition.
The Bombers, from Crookwell, took out the ultimate prize with a final tally of 1,218 points, closely followed by The Amigos, from Goulburn, with 1,139 points. Coming in third was the GNR team from Taralga with 1,095 points, while the next five teams were separated by less than 30 points from GNR.
Gullen Range Wind Farm proudly sponsored the creation of the Turbine Cup and supported this year’s event with funding through their community partnerships program. Site Managers Andrew Sinclair and Simon Zhao attended the awards night and presented the trophy to the Crookwell team, with the pair noting that the comradery amongst the competing teams summed up the great community spirit in which the tournament was played.
Goulburn Rotary Club toured the Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm earlier this month.
This was a much-anticipated visit for the Rotarians who first travelled to Crookwell for morning tea before boarding the tour bus. The weather was close to perfect for the tour and provided ideal conditions for getting up close to the wind turbines. The turbine operations were explained in detail and several visitors even climbed up the steps to inspect one of the structures from the inside.
The tour group continued to the site office where they were able to view the monitoring and operations room, before moving on to the Solar Farm.
The tour ended back in Crookwell where more questions were answered while the group enjoyed a light lunch before departing .
If you’d like information about tours of our Wind and Solar Farms, click here.
Our team from Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm and Biala Wind Farm were pleased to attend the Crookwell High School Careers Day on Friday the 3rd of November. It proved an excellent opportunity for our team to chat with and encourage students of all ages to consider taking STEM subjects in their senior years at school and think about the broad range of careers available to them in the renewable energy sector. Students were encouraged to ask questions to learn more about the careers that were available in the sector.
The team also shared information about our local projects, using display boards to demonstrate how energy is generated, explain how we care for the local environment and contribute to a variety of community initiatives.
With Australia’s renewable energy and emissions targets driving the development of even more renewable energy projects into the future, these students are the next generation of Australia’s renewable energy workforce.
Team members from Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm and Biala Wind Farm are looking forward to attending the Crookwell High School Careers Day on the 3rd of November. This will be a great opportunity for students to learn about the possible career opportunities in the renewable energy sector.
Get up close to a wind turbine and a solar array at our next public tour. The next tour will be held on Wednesday, 4 October 2023 at 11 am. To book your FREE ticket, please click here. To learn more about our tours click here.
Public tours of the wind and solar farms at Gullen Range restarted this year, following the COVID period, and they are again proving very popular.
The August tour was fully booked, with a diverse group of people enthusiastic about taking part. Some had travelled from as far afield as Sydney and Nowra for this chance to get up close and personal with a wind turbine and learn more about clean energy production.
The group gathered for coffee and a background briefing in Crookwell before boarding the bus. Asset Manager, Leo Pearce, provided an overview of BJCE’s local energy projects and answered wide ranging questions on route to the wind farm.
Sharing his decade of experience, Goldwind’s site technician, Darren, provided an abundance of information about the wind farm’s operations, while participants enjoyed the glorious sunshine. and extensive views from the Pom 1 turbine.
Next stop was the site office, where tour goers were fascinated to see the substation and the weather, turbine and energy monitoring equipment at work.
The bus then completed a circuit of the solar farm, stopping for photographs, before continuing back into Crookwell. The return trip was an opportunity to discuss the community fund, education and sponsorship programs BJCE runs in the district.
A light lunch concluded the tour with all agreeing it had been a very worthwhile morning.
The next free public tour will take place in October, with the date to be announced soon. If you are interested in joining a wind and solar farm tour, please register here.
Seven community groups in the Upper Lachlan Shire will benefit from a combined $72,399.54 in grants from the Gullen Range Wind Farm Community Fund for 2023. The grants were assessed by the Gullen Range Wind Farm Community Fund S355 Committee and were approved in the June 2023 Ordinary Meeting of Council.
The grants will help to fund the following projects:
- Anglican Church Parish – St Bartholomew’s Church – $24,847 for the supply and installation of solar panels
- Anglican Church Parish – St George’s Church – $7,282 for removal of dangerous trees
- The Australian Agricultural Centre – $10,000 for the Sheep Week 2023 event
- Breadalbane Hall Committee – $1,000 for a stick vacuum cleaner
- International Women’s Day 2024 – $3,500 for a Women in Agriculture event
- Southern Tablelands Group 12 – $14,549.54 for iPads for the RFS officers
- Upper Lachlan Landcare Inc. – $11,121 for building biodiversity skills
July 2023 Community Update is now available to read and download here. ←
Last Sunday, Biala Wind Farm Asset Manager Lachlan Lamberton and Gullen Range Wind Farm Gustavo Siqueira attended the Crookwell Devils Sponsor Day at the Crookwell Memorial Oval. The She Devils had a win against the Bungendore Tigers 20-12 and the Senior Devils played in a Grand Final rematch against the Tigers and come away with a win 26-14. Well done Devils!
Get up close to a wind turbine and a solar array at our next public tour. The next tour will be held on Wednesday, 16 August 2023 at 11am. To book your FREE ticket, please click here. To learn more about our tours click here.
May 2023 Community Update is now available to read and download here.