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.
On Sunday, 27th October, Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm is hosting a special public tour to celebrate the 2019 Clean Energy Council Open Day! To secure your seat on the guided tour, which starts and finishes in Crookwell, please click here.
Wind and solar energy are playing a major part in Australia’s transition towards a renewable energy future. The Clean Energy Open Day tour is a great opportunity to get up close to a wind turbine and solar array and find out more about renewable energy.
Please note that advance bookings on the tour bus are essential. You cannot self-drive to Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm for safety reasons.
On Tuesday 3rd of September, BJCE Australia and Grabben Gullen Rural Fire Service hosted an information stand and fundraising BBQ outside the Crookwell IGA.
The information stand provided a face-to-face opportunity for the local community to discuss renewable energy and ask questions about BJCE’s newest local development Biala Wind Farm. BJCE Australia team members, Robbie Williamson and Elizabeth Picker handed out Biala Wind Farm newsletters and spoke with those who stopped to chat about the community activities and initiatives that BJCE are involved in. A number of people were particularly interested to hear about the public tours of BJCE’s Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm which can now be booked through the Crookwell tourism office.
The STEM Industry School Partnership (or SISP) Program has been recognised as an Outstanding School Initiative at state Level. Academies of STEM Excellence, Crookwell, Cessnock and Canobolas High Schools, received their awards for an outstanding school initiative at the NSW Minister’s and Secretary’s Awards for Excellence on 27th August. Funded by the Department of Education and co-ordinated by Regional Development Australia offices, the SISP is a program linking industry with local schools, focussed on how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) skills and knowledge can solve real-world problems. BJCE Australia is proud to be one of the first SISP industry partners. Since the program was piloted in 2018, BJCE Australia has hosted 6 local schools at Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm and assisted the schools with several STEM classroom activities. BJCE Australia would like to congratulate the staff and students of Crookwell High School on winning this well-deserved award. To read more, please click here.
Tickets for the October tour have sold out. The next Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm tour will be on Tuesday, 19th November. 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.
Wollondilly and Bradfordville Public school students were buzzing with creativity when BJCE Australia recently dropped in to see how their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Industry School Partnership (SISP) projects were progressing. The Year 5 and 6 students are tasked with developing products that enhance the use of renewable energy in everyday life. From solar-powered tents to solar-powered cookers, the products taking shape were very impressive. Isabel Nelson (Community Engagement Officer) enjoyed chatting to the students about their projects and seeing their excellent problem-solving skills in action. We can’t wait to see the finished products in Term 4!
Funded by the Department of Education, the SISP is a program linking industry with local schools, focussed on how STEM skills and knowledge can solve real-world problems. BJCE Australia thanks Regional Development Australia Southern Inland for inviting us to be a part of their exciting program.
Applications for the next Clean Energy Program Stage 2 Funding Round will close on 22nd September. 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.
BJCE Australia representative, Simon Zhao, recently attended the Crookwell High School positive education breakfast, which aimed to promote the better mental health and well-being of students. The breakfast enabled community groups and local businesses, like Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm, to understand what challenges young people in our area are facing and how they are dealing with them. For more information click here.
BJCE Australia was thrilled to subsidise travel costs for Crookwell High School Year 10 and 11 students to see an iconic Shakespeare play at Sydney’s renowned Opera House. The students were treated to a performance of Macbeth, a play they are currently studying – with front row seats, plus a visit to the nearby botanical gardens! The Opera House is close to our Sydney office, so Isabel Nelson, our Community Engagement Officer, had a chat to the students and sampled their excitement on the steps of the Opera House before the play began.