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.
Applications for the next Clean Energy Program Stage 2 Funding Round will close on 22nd June 2019. 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.
We were excited to kick off our 2019 school incursion program by dropping in on Wollondilly and Bradfordville Public Schools this week. Under the instruction of our Community Engagement Officer, Isabel Nelson, students made their very own anemometer, a wind speed measuring device. The students’ many technical questions on how our wind farms work were answered by Simon Zhao, the expert Site Manager of our Gullen Range Wind Farm. Everybody, including our staff, had a great time.
BJCE Australia thanks Regional Development Australia Southern Inland for inviting us to be a part of their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Industry School Partnership (SISP) program, funded by the Department of Education. SISP is a program linking industry with local schools, focussed on how STEM skills and knowledge can solve real-world problems. We are proud to be involved.
BJCE Australia is excited to be back as an Industry Partner for the STEM Industry Schools Partnership Program (SISP) 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. Research suggests that that an estimated 75% of future jobs will require STEM skills, so we are proud to be involved!
As part of the pilot SISP Program in 2018, BJCE Australia hosted five local schools at Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm and assisted students with their STEM projects during school visits. To watch an overview of the SISP program in different regions of NSW, including the Upper Lachlan Shire, please click here.
We’ll keep you updated on the upcoming 2019 SISP events!
Our next tour will be on the 21st May 2019. To book visit this link.
Gullen Range Wind Farm recently sponsored the 2019 Rose Bowls Tournament. The tournament, now in its 25th year in the men’s division and 23rd in the women’s, is one of the most popular of its kind in the region. Simon Zhao, Site Manager at Gullen Range Wind Farm attended the award ceremony and presented the women’s competition winners. Congratulations to all winners. You can read more about it here.
News Update 05/03/2019: Register now for the 2019 Gullen Range Wind Farm Community Fund Workshop The Gullen Range Wind Farm FREE Grant Writing Workshop will provide your community group/organisation all the information needed to access important funding. The workshop will be held on Monday 25th March 2019 at the CWA Rooms in Crookwell from 5pm. To register click here. This workshop will help you identify the requirements of grant applications, what you will need to include in your response and how to write a convincing case for your project. To find out more about the Community Fund and how to apply, click here.
Applications will open for the 2019/2020 Gullen Range Wind Farm Community Funding Round on Thursday 7th March 2019 and close on Thursday, 2nd May 2019. The Upper Lachlan Shire Council announced the fund will provide $72,427 for community projects or initiatives within 10kms of the Wind Farm. In 2018/19 the Fund supported seven community group projects which included the construction of a fence around the Crookwell Community Garden. To find out more about the Community Fund and how to apply, click here.