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.
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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.
The COVID-19 pandemic has left many local charity groups worried about funding and future fundraising initiatives. BJCE Australia is providing a helping hand through donations of $1,000 to several Crookwell charities including Crookwell Meals on Wheels, Crookwell CWA Day Branch and Crookwell/Taralga Aged Care /Upper Lachlan Community Care. The initiative is aimed at allocating small pools of funding to local charities that are helping the Upper Lachlan Shire community through the ongoing pandemic. Read the full story here.
Upper Lachlan Shire Council has announced the closing date for the 2020/21 Gullen Range Wind Farm Community Fund Funding Round applications has been extended until Friday 28 August 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidelines and application form are available on the Council’s website. 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. You can view the latest news about our response to the COVID-19 pandemic here.
COVID-19 has not stopped the Gullen Range Wind Farm Community Consultative Committee (CCC) from meeting, with the group’s first online Zoom video conference held successfully on Wednesday. The CCC meetings are a great way for us to engage with local councils and the community and we are highly appreciative of everybody who took part. You can find out more about the CCC here. For the latest news about our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please click here.
‘Blowing in the Wind’ was the theme of Landcare’s recent school holiday workshop and our wind farm Asset Manager, Leo Pearce, was delighted to pop online to help out. After having fun learning about local wildlife and making kites, the children had the chance to find out more about wind and solar farms; how they are built and how they work. The kids especially enjoyed seeing a picture of a sugar glider family, who have made a home in one of our wind farm nest boxes. Leo explained that the installation of 30 nest boxes forms part of a plan (called the Property Vegetation Plan) to protect and enhance the conservation value of a large area of native vegetation at Gullen Range Wind Farm. This 123- hectare area, equivalent to 123 football fields, is a requirement of the wind farm’s project approval to make up for the 35 hectares of land impacted by the construction of the wind farm, for example when vegetation was cleared to lay the access tracks to the turbines.
As well as talking about our wind and solar farm, Leo also answered some great questions from the kids. The online activities were very successful and Gullen Range Wind Farm thanks Upper Lachlan Landcare for inviting us to take part. The school holiday workshop was partly supported by a grant from Gullen Range Wind Farm’s Community Fund. If you would like to find out more about the Community Fund, please click here.