Gullen Range Wind Farm
Gullen Range Wind Farm is an operational wind farm in the Southern Tablelands of NSW, Australia. It is owned by New Gullen Range Wind Farm Pty Ltd (NGRWF). The wind farm consists of 73 turbines and produces 165.5MW of renewable power in ideal wind conditions.
On an average day it produces enough energy to power in excess of 70,000 average homes. By 2020, Gullen Range Wind Farm will have saved 2.7 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions compared to conventional power generation.
Stretching from north to south, the wind farm measures 22km, approximately centred on the locality of Bannister, 11km South of Crookwell and 32km north west of Goulburn.
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 wind farm.
Applications for the 2020/2021 Gullen Range Wind Farm Community Fund Funding Round opened on Monday, 2nd March 2020. Due to COVID-19 circumstances, the closing date for applications has been extended until 4.00pm on Friday 28 August 2020. To find out more about the Community Fund and how to apply, click here.
The workshop is aimed at community groups who intend to apply and would like some guidance about how to prepare an application.
The workshop will be held on Tuesday 14th July 2020 at the Crookwell Bowling Club from 5.30pm. To register click here.
These workshops have been held for the past two years, coinciding with the period when applications are being received by ULSC. Previous attendees have found the session very useful, but attendance is not compulsory. The workshop is conducted by our consultant independently of our involvement as part of the Section 355 committee that determines successful applicants. If you want to find out more about the Community Fund or the Community Fund Workshop, please click here.
A grant from the Gullen Range Wind Farm Community Fund has helped the CWA Crookwell Evening Branch purchase a new marquee. Whatever the weather, the Evening branch’s marquee has the catering and fundraising activities covered plus it looks fantastic too. Evening Branch Secretary Jeanette Painter said, “On behalf of our members I would like to thank the Gullen Range Wind Farm Community Fund for their generous grant, which helped us to purchase this wonderful new marquee.” The Community Fund provides grants to projects or initiatives that benefit the community within 10km of the wind farm. Applications for the 2020/2021 Community Fund will close on Friday, 28th August. To find out more about the Community Fund and how to apply, please click here.
BJCE Australia zoomed into Crookwell Public School’s classroom yesterday to take the Year 5/6 students on a ‘virtual’ tour of Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm. The tour aimed to complement the students’ in-class STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) activities, which currently involve using wind turbine kits to explore wind energy. Although the COVID restrictions meant that the students could not visit our wind farm in person, Leo Pearce (Asset Manager) and Isabel Nelson (Community Engagement Officer) were still able to show the students the inside of a wind turbine, explain how a wind farm works and answer some great questions about renewable energy. Our team was particularly impressed by the progress the students were making with their own wind turbine designs.
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.
A report released last week by the Clean Energy Council has revealed the clean energy sector currently employs over 25,000 people and could employ as many as 44,000 people by 2025 with the majority of those jobs in regional Australia. The survey covered small-scale rooftop solar, large-scale solar and wind, hydro and pumped hydro, battery storage and the associated supply chains. BJCE Australia is proud to employ 12 staff across our projects. Our subcontractors employ a further 13 full-time maintenance staff at our Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm and there are currently 70 people working at the Biala Wind Farm construction site. To find out more, please click here, or to read and download the report, click here.
Applications for the next Clean Energy Program Stage 2 Funding Round will close on 22nd June. 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’s Biala Wind Farm wishes to congratulate the winners of the Australian Agricultural Centre’s (AAC) Bake-off competition. Biala Wind Farm was proud to be a major sponsor of this fun online competition, especially during these challenging times of COVID-19 restrictions. Entrants were tasked with baking a cake to match a photo of their favourite farm animal, fruit or vegetable. Check out the cake masterpieces here that captured the tastes of judges, Jo Marshall (AAC CEO) and well known Australian pâtissier, Adriano Zumbo . First prize in the adult section went to Andrea with her “Bullhorn Chilli” cake and Lacey won first prize in the Child section with her “Seed to Carrot” cake. For all the results and some more fantastic cake photos, you can visit the AAC’s Facebook page here. Well done to all the participants. We’re sure the cakes taste as amazing as they look!
The next CCC meeting will be held on Wednesday, 2nd September 2020 at 5.30pm, location TBC. For more information, please click here.