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.
Our team braved the wet weather last weekend at the Crookwell Show. In spite of the rain, our face painter brightened lots of faces with the proceeds donated to the Grabben Gullen Community Progress Association’s ANZAC Memorial project. We answered a lot of good questions about our projects, our renewable energy tours and Gullen Range Wind Farm’s Clean Energy Program, as well as general queries about renewable energy. We always enjoy the show and would like to say thank you to everybody who made it out in the weather and came to our stand for a chat.
BJCE Australia’s Biala Wind Farm is proud to be a Silver sponsor of the community-led Gunning Arts Festival, which will be held on 17th and 18th April. With the theme of ‘Celebrating Nature’, the multi-event Festival will feature an impressive line-up of local talent. Events will include a Gala opening on the evening of 17th April, followed by art and craft exhibitions, music performances, play and book readings, workshops, fashion parades, competitions and much more on 18th April. For bookings and further information, you can visit the 2020 Gunning Arts Festival website here.
BJCE Australia is delighted to return as an Industry Partner for the STEM Industry Schools Partnership Program (SISP) in 2020. 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, focused on how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) skills and knowledge can solve real-world problems.
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.
To watch an overview of the SISP pilot program in different regions of NSW, including the Upper Lachlan Shire, please click here.
We’ll keep you updated on the upcoming 2020 SISP events!
We’re hosting another community BBQ on 13th February. You can find us out the front of Crookwell IGA alongside Grabben Gullen RFS from 9.30am to 2pm. The RFS will be cooking the sausage sandwiches and you can grab one for a gold coin donation. 100% of all donations goes to the RFS and we match every donation dollar for dollar. Our project team will be on hand to answer any questions about our Biala Wind Farm project, which is currently under construction. You can also ask questions about our Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm or renewable energy in general. We’ve been running these BBQ’s monthly since November and so far more than $1,700 has been raised for the RFS. Be sure to stop by and say hello!
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.