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.
News Update 22/10/2020: Five community projects receive much-needed grants from the Gullen Range Wind Farm Community Fund, bringing Gullen Range’s local community fund contributions to more than $400,000.
Five local groups will benefit from Community Fund grants in the 2020/21 Funding Round, together totalling $65,043.90 . The announcement was made by Upper Lachlan Shire Council who administer the Gullen Range Wind Farm Community Fund.
Funded projects included:
1. Kiamma Creek Landcare – Pat Cullen Reserve, receiving $8,600 to help construct a new Rockwall Entrance
2. Crookwell Services Men’s Bowling Club, receiving $6,699 to help purchase and install scoreboards
3. Crookwell / Taralga Aged Care, receiving $8,607.40 to purchase outdoor furniture
4. Crookwell Potato Festival, receiving $3,000 to purchase banner flags and marquees
5. Bannister District Hall Association, receiving $38,137.50 to refurbish the hall
Upper Lachlan Shire Council Mayor and Committee Member John Stafford said “It is wonderful to see so many local community groups benefit from this funding.”
To find out more about this year’s successful community grant recipients, please click here.
The Gullen Range Wind Farm Community Fund provides annual 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.
BJCE Australia’s Leo Pearce (Asset Manager) and Isabel Nelson (Community Engagement Officer) recently zoomed into Goulburn High’s Year 8 STEM class to give the students some insight into the workings of their local wind and solar farms. As part of the ‘virtual’ visit, Leo showed the students the inside of a Gullen Range Wind Farm wind turbine. He also explained how a wind farm is constructed using recent photos of Biala Wind Farm. There was no shortage of fantastic questions for the BJCE team in the Question and Answer session at the end of the talk.
The ‘virtual’ school visit formed part of the STEM School Industry Partnership (SISP) program, which is 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, focussed on how STEM skills and knowledge can solve real-world problems.