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 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.
BJCE Australia wishes to congratulate Bradfordville Public School, Wollondilly Public School and Goulburn Mulwaree High School on their impressive Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) projects, which were on display at the Goulburn Showcase last week. As part of the STEM School Industry Partnership program (SISP), students were tasked with developing products that enhance the use of renewable energy in everyday life. Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm’s Site Manager, Simon Zhao, was honoured to assist with judging the renewable projects at the STEM Showcase event. The students had clearly put a lot of effort and creativity into their products, which ranged from a solar- powered cooker and tent to a house powered by the wind and sun. Well done to all the winners! It was great to see so many students excited about STEM.
Funded by the Department of Education and coordinated by Regional Development Australia Southern Inland, the SISP is a program linking industry with local schools, focussed on how STEM skills and knowledge can solve real-world problems. BJCE Australia is proud to be a part of the Program.
Last Friday, BJCE’s Simon Zhao (Site Manager at Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm) was honoured to present a school prize at the Crookwell Public School Presentation Night. BJCE Australia proudly donated $100 for the award. Congratulations to all the students and staff who have worked very hard this year and achieved so much!
The Crookwell Car Club has purchased a defibrillator, with the help of a $2,145 grant from BJCE Australia’s Gullen Range Wind Farm Community Fund. The potentially life-saving equipment will be located at the IGA supermarket in Crookwell. BJCE’s Simon Zhao (Site Manager at Gullen Range) was excited to drop by the Crookwell IGA last week to chat with members of the Club and check out the newly installed automated external defibrillator (or AED). You can read more here.
Gullen Range Wind Farm contributes approximately $140,000 to its Community Enhancement Program each year, which is split equally between the Community Fund and the Clean Energy Program. The Community Fund provides grants to projects or initiatives that benefit the community within 10km of the wind farm. Learn more here. The Clean Energy Program provides grants for residents within 5km of the wind farm to improve the energy efficiency of their home, such as by installing solar panels or solar hot water systems. Click here to find out more.
Last Friday night was a lovely evening to have dinner outdoors, hosted by the Australian Agricultural Centre at their new premises in Roslyn near Crookwell. Smoked potatoes courtesy of Garry Kadwell and delicious roasted lamb courtesy of Ken and Jennifer Hewitt were served to a group of thirty supporters of the proposed new centre. BJCE Australia Deputy General Manager, Derek Powell, attended alongside community members, local businesses and Councillors. CEO of the project, Jo Marshall, announced the winner of the competition to develop a concept design for the complex, which is proposed as a multi-purpose facility to educate and showcase agriculture and renewable energy.
BJCE Australia recently funded the installation of a mobile phone booster for Bannister Hall. The booster ensures the community and visitors at the Hall have mobile coverage. This is also a bushfire assembly area for nearby residents so there are safety benefits too. This is the second booster we have provided the local community to enhance mobile connectivity in the area.
On Saturday 16th November, Simon Zhao, Gullen Range Wind Farm Site Manager, joined members of Kiamma Creek Landcare Group for their annual celebration – Music in the Park. The event boasted notable local and interstate performances, kids activities and family fun. The Kiamma Creek Landcare group was successful in the 2019/2020 Gullen Range Wind Farm Community Enhancement Funding round. The group received a grant of $10,000 towards the heritage rock wall entrance off Laggan Road.
BJCE Australia recently joined the 2019 Goulburn Relay For Life fundraising event, which raises money to help the fight against cancer. BJCE Australia’s Derek Powell (Deputy General Manager) and Simon Zhao (Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm’s Site Manager) attended the event to support the amazing efforts of over 500 participants. Derek also enjoyed chatting with radio host, Banksy on Goulburn’s 2GN radio show. BJCE Australia was delighted to be one of the major sponsors for the event. You can read more here.
Tickets for the November tour have sold out. The next Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm tour will be announced in 2020. 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.