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.
The new power transformer for the Biala Wind Farm substation extension at Gullen Range Wind Farm is schedule to arrive next Thursday afternoon on the 12th of December 2019. The transformer will be transported via Crookwell-Goulburn Road, Kialla Road, Range Road, then up Bannister & Storriers Lanes to GRWF. The transformer is an oversized load and will be transported via a truck with an escort vehicle. No road closures are expected, however minor traffic delays could be experienced. We will update you again next week on the transformer delivery. For more info, call 1800 370 045.
BJCE Australia wishes to congratulate Bradfordville Public School, Wollondilly Public School and Goulburn Mulwaree High School on their impressive Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) projects, which were on display at the Goulburn Showcase last week. As part of the STEM School Industry Partnership program (SISP), students were tasked with developing products that enhance the use of renewable energy in everyday life. Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm’s Site Manager, Simon Zhao, was honoured to assist with judging the renewable projects at the STEM Showcase event. The students had clearly put a lot of effort and creativity into their products, which ranged from a solar- powered cooker and tent to a house powered by the wind and sun. Well done to all the winners! It was great to see so many students excited about STEM.
Funded by the Department of Education and coordinated 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. BJCE Australia is proud to be a part of the Program.
Last Friday, BJCE’s Simon Zhao (Site Manager at Gullen Range Wind and Solar Farm) was honoured to present a school prize at the Crookwell Public School Presentation Night. BJCE Australia proudly donated $100 for the award. Congratulations to all the students and staff who have worked very hard this year and achieved so much!
The next CCC meeting will be held on Wednesday 11th of March 2020 at 5.30pm at the Crookwell CWA Rooms. For more information, please click here.
The Crookwell Car Club has purchased a defibrillator, with the help of a $2,145 grant from BJCE Australia’s Gullen Range Wind Farm Community Fund. The potentially life-saving equipment will be located at the IGA supermarket in Crookwell. BJCE’s Simon Zhao (Site Manager at Gullen Range) was excited to drop by the Crookwell IGA last week to chat with members of the Club and check out the newly installed automated external defibrillator (or AED). You can read more here.
Gullen Range Wind Farm contributes approximately $140,000 to its Community Enhancement Program each year, which is split equally between the Community Fund and the Clean Energy Program. The Community Fund provides grants to projects or initiatives that benefit the community within 10km of the wind farm. Learn more here. The Clean Energy Program provides grants for residents within 5km of the wind farm to improve the energy efficiency of their home, such as by installing solar panels or solar hot water systems. Click here to find out more.
Last Friday night was a lovely evening to have dinner outdoors, hosted by the Australian Agricultural Centre at their new premises in Roslyn near Crookwell. Smoked potatoes courtesy of Garry Kadwell and delicious roasted lamb courtesy of Ken and Jennifer Hewitt were served to a group of thirty supporters of the proposed new centre. BJCE Australia Deputy General Manager, Derek Powell, attended alongside community members, local businesses and Councillors. CEO of the project, Jo Marshall, announced the winner of the competition to develop a concept design for the complex, which is proposed as a multi-purpose facility to educate and showcase agriculture and renewable energy.
BJCE Australia recently funded the installation of a mobile phone booster for Bannister Hall. The booster ensures the community and visitors at the Hall have mobile coverage. This is also a bushfire assembly area for nearby residents so there are safety benefits too. This is the second booster we have provided the local community to enhance mobile connectivity in the area.
On Saturday 16th November, Simon Zhao, Gullen Range Wind Farm Site Manager, joined members of Kiamma Creek Landcare Group for their annual celebration – Music in the Park. The event boasted notable local and interstate performances, kids activities and family fun. The Kiamma Creek Landcare group was successful in the 2019/2020 Gullen Range Wind Farm Community Enhancement Funding round. The group received a grant of $10,000 towards the heritage rock wall entrance off Laggan Road.
Upper Lachlan Shire Council is calling for expressions of interest from the local community to join the GRWF Community Fund Committee. The Committee is responsible for assessing grant applications and awarding the funds. To apply or to find out more information about the Committee, please contact Council on (02) 4830 1000. Applications close on Friday 6th of December 2019.