News Archive

 

December 11, 2017

Gullen Range Wind Farm was very proud to sponsor both the Crookwell Men’s Services Bowling Club’s Annual Triples Tournament and the Crookwell Services Women’s Bowling Club’s District Fours Tournament. You can find out more about the Annual Triples Tournament in the Crookwell Gazette’s article here.

Annual Triples Tournament

Annual Triples Tournament

 

December 05, 2017

Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm were excited to recently host twenty students from Goulburn High School. During their tour of Australia’s first hybrid wind and solar farm, the students also had the opportunity to explore inside the base of one of our wind turbines and see 42,000 solar panels up close! The pupils were really engaged and asked our engineers some great questions. Check out a photo of their visit below.

Goulburn High School visit

Goulburn High School visit

 

 

November 21, 2017

Gullen Range Wind Farm recently donated $1750 worth of educational equipment to the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program that commenced this year at Crookwell High School. Rebecca Dark, a STEM teacher at Crookwell High School said, “It’s powerful for students to learn STEM based concepts, directly relate them to real world applications and to also work with local and international businesses, as happened with our project with Gullen Range Wind Farm”. To find out more, please click on our media release below.

Media release – Gullen Range Wind Farm donates educational equipment to Crookwell High School

 

A student demonstrates what the educational kits can do

A student demonstrates what the educational kits can do

 

 

November 03, 2017

Beijing Jingneng Clean Energy (Australia) Holding Pty Ltd (BJCE Australia) has successfully completed its acquisition of the proposed 31 turbine Biala Wind Farm.

Media release – Beijing Jingneng Clean Energy expands portfolio with purchase of Biala Wind Farm

 

October 30, 2017

You can download the latest CCC Meeting Minutes on the link here.

 

October 25, 2017

The next Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm tour will take place on Tuesday, 23rd January 2018 (advance bookings essential).

The tours are a great opportunity for the community to visit Australia’s first hybrid wind and solar farm, which is located along SERREE‘s (South East Region of Renewable Energy Excellence) Renewable Energy Trail.

Come and see how a wind and solar farm works. Get up close to a wind turbine and a solar array. Find out more about renewable energy.

The tours will feature:

  • A minibus tour of Gullen Range Wind Farm
  • A minibus tour of Gullen Solar Farm
  • Complimentary light refreshments and a mini information display at the Crookwell Hotel Motel
  • A tour quiz for children

We are also running a colouring-in competition for pre-schoolers, infants (K-2) and primary (3-6). Taking part is easy! The sheet will be available at the tours and you can also download it here.

For more information and to make a booking, click here.

Media release – Minibus Tours to Shine a Light on Australia’s First Hybrid Wind and Solar Farm

 

October 03, 2017

Gullen Range Wind Farm and Gullen Solar Farm are excited to announce the launch of their Wind and Solar Farm Tours. The first tour will take place on Tuesday, 24th October at 11.30am (advance bookings essential). The tours are a great opportunity for the community to visit Australia’s first hybrid wind and solar farm, which is located along SERREE‘s (South East Region of Renewable Energy Excellence) Renewable Energy Trail.

Come and see how a wind and solar farm works. Get up close to a wind turbine and a solar array. Find out more about renewable energy.

The tours will feature:

  • A minibus tour of Gullen Range Wind Farm
  • A minibus tour of Gullen Solar Farm
  • Complimentary light refreshments and a mini information display at the Crookwell Hotel Motel
  • A tour quiz for children

We are also running a colouring-in competition for pre-schoolers, infants (K-2) and primary (3-6). Taking part is easy! The sheet will be available at the tours and you can also download it here.

For more information and to make a booking, click here.

Media release – Minibus Tours to Shine a Light on Australia’s First Hybrid Wind and Solar Farm

 

October 01, 2017

The Crookwell Progress Association has ordered 1000 reusable shopping bags in a bid to say ‘no’ to plastic bags thanks to a Gullen Range Wind Farm Community Fund grant. The red bags will be given out to shoppers before Christmas. For more information, please click here.

You can find out more about the Gullen Range Wind Farm Community Fund grants here.

 

September 06, 2017

Thirty nest boxes have been installed on trees located on land set aside for habitat conservation on the wind farm. This protected land is called the Conservation Property Vegetation Plan Offset Site (or PVP) and it covers approximately 123 hectares, that’s the equivalent of approximately 123 rugby fields! During construction, 30 hectares of land was cleared to install roads, hardstandings and turbine foundations. In order to make up for the 35ha affected, we have committed to improving the conservation value of the 123ha PVP area through active management. So we’ve been very busy doing just that! We’ve been planting trees, installing nest boxes, seeding for native grasses and controlling weeds and pests. We’ll be improving the PVP area for the lifetime of the wind farm.

Check out one of our newly installed nest boxes below. The nest boxes come in different sizes to suit a variety of animals, such as birds and sugar gliders. Watch this space, as we hope to let you know which animals have moved in soon!

Nest box at the wind farm

Nest box at the wind farm

 

August 24, 2017

Our Asset Manager, Derek Powell, recently gave a talk about our wind farm’s Clean Energy Program (or CLEP) at the 2017 Australian Clean Energy Summit. Organised by the Clean Energy Council, the Summit is the premier conference for renewable energy in Australia.

The Clean Energy Program provides financial contributions towards implementing clean energy improvements in the community. Eligible residents can receive grants of around $6500 to install energy efficiency improvements like solar panels, solar hot water, insulation or double glazed windows.

To find out more, you can download a CLEP brochure here or check out our CLEP page here, which provides comprehensive information about the Program, as well as the application forms. You are also welcome to contact us about the Program.

Derek Powell talking about the CLEP at the 2017 Australian Clean Energy Summit

Derek Powell talking about the CLEP at the 2017 Australian Clean Energy Summit

 

August 8th, 2017

Updated Notification to Residents – Maintenance Works and Associated Traffic Movements

Gullen Range Wind Farm will be performing maintenance on one of the turbines north of Bannister commencing Thursday, 27th July. The duration of the works has been extended due to wind conditions, with work now expected to be completed prior to 24th August. From 27th July to 24th August, a crane will be delivered to site, consisting of approximately twenty semi-trailer deliveries . Oversized deliveries will also occur during this period of time. These deliveries will follow the approved delivery route from Goulburn along Crookwell Road to Crookwell and then Kialla Road and Range Road towards Grabben Gullen.

We aim to minimise disruption to local traffic and maximise safety to all road users during these works. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Please monitor our website for further updates.

 

July 26th, 2017

Notification to Residents – Maintenance Works and Associated Traffic Movements

Gullen Range Wind Farm will be performing maintenance on one of the turbines north of Bannister commencing Thursday, 27th July. The works will be of two weeks duration. From 27th July to 10th August, a crane will be delivered to site, consisting of approximately twenty semi-trailer deliveries . Oversized deliveries will also occur during this period of time. These deliveries will follow the approved delivery route from Goulburn along Crookwell Road to Crookwell and then Kialla Road and Range Road towards Grabben Gullen.

We aim to minimise disruption to local traffic and maximise safety to all road users during these works. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Please monitor our website for further updates.

 

July 25th, 2017

You can download the latest CCC Meeting Minutes on the link below:

CCC Meeting: 28th June 2017 Minutes

 

July 6th, 2017

Gullen Range Wind Farm is happy to announce that six community groups have received grants together totalling $74,185.95 in the 2017/2018 Gullen Range Wind Farm Community Fund funding round. Upper Lachlan Shire Mayor Brian McCormack commented, “It is wonderful to see so many local community groups benefit from this funding”. Details of the grant recipients can be found here.

 

June 12th, 2017

Gullen Range Wind Farm and Gullen Solar Farm were excited to recently host forty Year 8 students from Crookwell High School. The students were given a mini tour of both the wind farm and solar farm. They had an opportunity to see inside a wind turbine, get up close to a solar panel array and learn about wind and solar energy. With the wind blowing and the sun shining, it was a perfect day to explain to the students how co-located wind and solar plants can work very well together. The photo below shows the students standing next to one of our wind turbines.

Media release – Crookwell High School Students energised by Visit to Australia’s First Hybrid Wind and Solar farm

 

Wind Farm Crookwell HS_May2017

 

 

June 5th, 2017

You can download the latest CCC Meeting Minutes on the link below:

CCC Meeting: 3rd May 2017 Minutes

 

May 2nd, 2017

Notification to Residents – Maintenance Works and Associated Traffic Movements

Please note that Gullen Range Wind Farm is carrying out maintenance involving cranes. From 3rd May to 5th May, a crane will be delivered to site consisting of approximately twenty semi-trailer deliveries. These deliveries will follow the approved delivery route from Goulburn along the Crookwell Road to Crookwell and then Kialla Road, Range Road, Bannister Lane and Storriers Lane to Bannister.

We aim to minimise disruption to local traffic and maximise safety to all road users during these works. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Please monitor our website for further updates.

 

April 2nd, 2017

Gullen Range Wind Farm has updated its Out of Hours Works Policy. It describes the procedure that will be followed if certain types of maintenance works, such as the use of a crane, need to be performed outside of normal hours. You can download it here.

 

April 2nd, 2017

Notification to Residents – Maintenance Works and Associated Traffic Movements

Gullen Range Wind Farm will be performing maintenance on one of the turbines north of Bannister commencing Tuesday, 4th April. The works will be of three weeks duration. From 4th April to 7th April, a crane will be delivered to site, consisting of approximately twenty semi-trailer deliveries. Oversize deliveries will also occur in the week commencing 10th April. These deliveries will follow the approved delivery route from Goulburn along Crookwell Road to Crookwell and then Kialla Road and Range Road towards Grabben Gullen.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Please monitor our website for further updates.

 

March 30th, 2017

Gullen Range Wind Farm is happy to announce that its Community Fund grant has been used to successively upgrade Grabben Gullen Community Hall. You can read more about the impressive hall upgrades in the Crookwell Gazette’s article below:

Grabben Gullen Community Hall Upgrades

If you would like to find out more about our Community Fund grants, click here.

 

March 25th, 2017

Breadalbane Community Hall Committee were recently able to purchase a community mower with the funds from both the Gullen Range Wind Farm ($4500.00) and the Australian Government’s Volunteer Grants Initiative. The Upper Lachlan Shire Council’s Mayor, Brian McCormack commented on the grants saying, “Grants such as these assist groups like the Breadalbane Hall Committee to carry out their important work in the community”. You can read more about the community mower in the Crookwell Gazette’s article below:

Breadalbane Community Hall Committee’s community mower

If you would like to find out more about our Community Fund grants, click here.

 

March 24th, 2017

Applications are now open for the 2017/2018 Gullen Range Wind Farm Community Funding Round. The Community Fund provides grants to projects or initiatives that benefit the community within 10km of the wind farm. For this year’s round of funding, approximately $70,000 has been made available to the Community Fund. To find out more about the Community Fund and how to apply, click here.

 

March 24th, 2017

You can download the latest CCC Meeting Minutes on the link below:

CCC Meeting: 2nd March 2017 Minutes

 

March 9th, 2017

Gullen Range Wind Farm recently sponsored the 2017 Rose Bowls Tournament at Goulburn’s Railway Bowling Club. This competition attracted more than 170 bowlers and was a great success. We are very proud to be part of this local event and will also be a sponsor in 2018. You can read more about the Rose Bowls Tournament by clicking on the link to the Goulburn Post’s article below:

2017 Rose Bowls Tournament

 

March 6th, 2017

You can download the latest CCC Meeting Minutes on the link below:

CCC Meeting: 23rd November 2016 Minutes

 

February 23, 2017

We are excited to announce that Gullen Range Wind Farm produced enough energy in 2016 to power 79,966 homes! This number is calculated by taking the average daily output of the wind farm over the year and comparing it to the daily average consumption of electricity by a typical home.*

* Based on 18kWh per house sourced from https://www.energymadeeasy.gov.au/benchmark using inputs of: 2580 postcode, 3 people per house, no pool, no gas

 

October 31, 2016

Winners of the Community Open Day Colouring-in Competition 2016

Thank you to everyone who has sent us their very impressive colouring-in sheets!

We are happy to announce the winners of the following age categories, who will each receive a $40 gift voucher:

Kindergarten* - Ada Dunn

Kindergarten* – Ada Dunn

Infants (1 to 2)

Infants (1 to 2) – Charlie Colley

Primary (3-6) - Mikeely Gray

Primary (3-6) – Mikeely Gray

*Please note that our Preschool age category has been replaced by a Kindergarten age category, as we did not receive any preschool entries.

 

October 28, 2016

Media Release – Crookwell Primary Schools Blown Away by Visit to Wind Farm

Pupils from Crookwell Public School and St. Mary’s Primary School, Crookwell were energised by their recent visit to Gullen Range Wind Farm, the largest operating wind farm in New South Wales. In total, 73 pupils from both schools were given the opportunity to see how a wind farm operates, experience what it’s like to be up close to a wind turbine and learn more about renewable energy.

We look forward to hosting more school visits in the future. We encourage local schools to get in touch with us about visiting our wind farm. Please read the following announcement below:

Media release – Crookwell Primary Schools Blown Away by Visit to Wind Farm

 

October 16, 2016

Gullen Range Wind Farm held a Community Open Day on Sunday, 16th October 2016, which was aligned with the Clean Energy Council’s Australia wide wind farm open day. The Open day was a great opportunity for the community to visit the largest operating wind farm in New South Wales.

Visitors were able to see how a wind farm operates, experience what it’s like to get up close to a wind turbine and find out more about wind energy at our Open day.

The family friendly event featured:

  • A mini-tour of the wind farm
  • Children’s activities: facepainting, competitions and craft
  • Information displays about the wind farm in the marquee
  • Crookwell Lion’s Club BBQ
  • Crookwell Public School P&C Refreshments Stall
  • Ice cream van

 

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October 7, 2016

Media Release – Gullen Range Wind Farm Community Open Day 2016

Gullen Range Wind Farm will be holding a Community Open Day from 11am to 3 pm on Sunday, 16th October. The family friendly Open day will be a great opportunity for the community to see how a wind farm operates, experience what it’s like to get up close to a wind turbine and find out more about wind energy at NSW’s largest operating wind farm. Please read the following announcement below:

Media release – Gullen Range Wind Farm Community Open Day 2016

 

September 27, 2016

We’ve just launched our newly designed website.

 

September 22, 2016

Community Open Day 2016

Gullen Range Wind Farm is holding a Community Open Day on Sunday, 16th October. The Open Day is a great opportunity to visit the largest operating wind farm in New South Wales. Visitors will be able to see how a wind farm operates, experience what it’s like to get up close to a wind turbine and find out more about wind energy. The Open day will feature a mini-tour of the wind farm, face painting, children’s crafts and competitions, a BBQ and refreshments. You can catch a bus from Crookwell or drive yourself.

For more information about the day, click here.

 

September 1, 2016

The Clean Energy Program (CLEP) is now fully operational

The Clean Energy Program (CLEP) forms part of the Community Enhancement Program, which can be downloaded here. The CLEP was revised in 2016, following feedback from applicants. The revised CLEP began operation on 1st September 2016.

If you have not already applied for the program yet, then we recommend you get involved. Under Stage 1 of the program, if you are eligible, you will receive an energy audit of your house. Under Stage 2 of the program, eligible residents will be able to apply for a grant of approximately $6500 to make energy efficiency improvements to their house. This might include installation of a solar hot water service, a solar PV system, wall insulation or better insulated windows.

For more information about CLEP, please click here.

 

August 16, 2016

Notification to Residents – Maintenance Works and Associated Traffic Movements

Please note Gullen Range Wind Farm is carrying out maintenance works involving cranes between Monday, 16th August and Friday, 30th September. The works will require a number of traffic movements on local roads. The traffic movements associated with the works are outlined below, however, please note that dates are indicative only. Please refer to www.gullenrangewindfarm.com for up to date information.

  • Movement of mobile cranes from the Hume Highway to the Bannister area of the site via Crookwell and Kialla Road. This will consist of 15-20 large roads and is expected between 19th and 23rd August.
  • Movement of mobile cranes from Bannister to Pomeroy. The date for this movement has not been fixed.
  • Potential delivery of three wind turbine blades in early September. Further notice will be provided regarding these movements over the next two weeks.
  • General increase in light vehicle movement during the period of works.

We aim to minimise disruption to local traffic and maximise safety to all road users during these works. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Any oversized loads will avoid travelling between 7.30am and 9am on local roads wherever possible. Further updates on the delivery schedule will be made on the GRWF website: www.gullenrangewindfarm.com. For further information, please call 1800 509 711 or email [email protected]