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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In 2020, Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm produced enough clean energy to power an average of 73,800 typical homes—enough power for five 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.
Upper Lachlan Shire Council is calling for expressions of interest from persons interested in being a Community Representative on the Gullen Range Wind Farm Community Fund Committee. There is one vacancy to fill. Applications close this week at 4.00pm on Friday 22nd January, 2021. For more information about how to apply, please click here to be taken to Council’s website or contact Council on (02) 4830 1000. The Community Fund provides grants to projects or initiatives that benefit the community within 10km of the wind farm. To find out more about the Community Fund, please click here.
The Gunning Arts Festival’s FlashWrite project invites story submissions up to 1500 words that embody local life experiences of the Southern Tablelands. Stories inspired by the 2021 Festival theme of “rejuvenation” are especially welcome. Derek Powell, BJCE Australia’s Deputy General Manager, said “Everyone has a story to tell. BJCE Australia is happy to do our little bit to help people tell theirs. Hats off to the contributors and the hard-working, innovative folk behind the Gunning Arts Festival for this fantastic idea. I hope people get the same enjoyment from reading the published stories as I just did.”
FlashWrite is open to all ages and the closing date for submissions is 8th February 2021. If you need a little help getting started, you can also check out the FlashWrite video tutorials by local author Greg Baines on the Gunning Arts Festival website here. A selection of stories is being published in the lead up to the 2021 Festival here and some will be selected to be performed and published in a booklet as part of the Festival. To find out more and submit your story, you can go to the Gunning Arts Festival website here.
The FlashWrite project is sponsored by BJCE Australia’s Biala and Gullen Range Wind Farms and supported by an Upper Lachlan Cultural Funding Program grant. The Upper Lachlan Cultural Funding Program is funded by the Upper Lachlan Shire Council.
Applications for the next Clean Energy Program Stage 2 Funding Round will close tomorrow, 22nd December. 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.
Gullen Range Wind Farm was delighted to donate $100 towards two student prizes, which were recently presented at the Year 6 Crookwell Public School Presentation ceremony. One award was for Outstanding Effort in All Areas and the second award was for Significant Improvement in Literacy. Well done to the award recipients! We would also like to congratulate all the students and staff who continued to work hard through a very challenging year – an outstanding achievement. BJCE Australia wishes all the teachers, parents and students a restful and safe school holidays.